More than a week ago, it was reported by the media that a few South Korean noodles contain the carcinogen “benzopyrene”. All the six brands of noodles are produced by Nongshim. These are:
– Neo-gu-ri mild noodles
– Neo-gu-ri spicy noodles
– Neo-gu-ri cup noodles
– Neo-gu-ri big bowl noodles
– Saeng-saeng udong
– Sae-u tang
Nongshim voluntarily recalled their products in South Korea. The countries where these noodles are exported to, like Taiwan and the Philippines, also banned the noodles. However, Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) announced later that the amount of benzopyrene in the noodles are harmless and not enough to cause cancer. They also said that grilled meat (like samgyeopsal) contains more benzopyrene than the noodles themselves.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration in Taiwan declared that the noodles are safe. Despite the recent findings of the authorities, other countries like Vietnam and China still banned the product.
“Ramyeon” or instant noodles aren’t really healthy food, so have it only occasionally.