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(from left to right) The Health Ministry has ordered a voluntary recall of the Ah Lai Penang White Curry and the Indomie Special Chicken Flavour instant noodles on April 26, 2023, after ethylene oxide was detected in both products. — Picture by FACEBOOK/BAHAGIAN KESELAMATAN DAN KUALITI MAKANAN, KEMENTERIAN KESIHATAN MALAYSIA

Health Ministry orders recall of Ah Lai White Curry, Indomie Special Chicken Flavour products

PUTRAJAYA, April 26 — Following the detection of ethylene oxide in the Ah Lai Penang White Curry and Indomie Special Chicken Flavour products, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has ordered a voluntary recall of the White Curry Noodle product for the batches expiring on August 25, 2023, from the Malaysian market.

The MOH has also issued a directive to hold, test and release the Indomie Special Chicken Flavour instant noodle product from Indonesia at all entry points of the country, and urged its manufacturer to voluntarily recall the affected products from the market.

Health Director-General Datuk Dr Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan, in a statement today, said the ministry is aware of the report by Taipei’s Department of Health on the detection of ethylene oxide in the Ah Lai Penang White Curry Noodle product from Malaysia and the Indomie Special Chicken Flavour instant noodle product.

Ethylene oxide is a chemical gas that is carcinogenic and is often used as a pesticide. It is also an active ingredient in detergents, not allowed to be used on surfaces that come into contact with food.

Commenting on the white curry noodles, he said product sampling in Malaysia found that it complied with the legislative requirements.

“However, to maintain control over food safety, the ministry has directed a voluntary recall of both the products from the local market should there be any,” Dr Muhammad Radzi said.

On the Indomie Special Chicken Flavour product, via the Food Safety Information System of Malaysia, it was confirmed the Indonesian instant noodle product has entered the country.

Meanwhile on the recall of Mi Sedaap products from Indonesia due to the presence of ethylene oxide in 2022, he said the ministry through the Food Safety and Quality Division had carried out continuous food safety monitoring on food products sold in the local market, including those imported.

Following monitoring from the year 2022 to date, on 36 samples of instant noodle products of various brands in the local market, 11 samples of Mi Sedaap products were found to contain ethylene oxide and enforcement actions taken included fines, court action and product recall.

“MOH is always aware and concerned over matters that can threaten the health of consumers. The public is advised not to purchase or consume these products,” Dr Muhammad Radzi said.

For more information regarding the issue, consumers may contact the nearest District Health Office, or visit the website http://moh.spab.gov.my or the Food Safety and Quality Division (BKKM) Facebook page.

— Bernama

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