MOH Takes Action On Cancer Causing Instant Noodles

The first task of the Health Ministry’s newly appointed Director General was to issue a notice to the press on the serious matter of instant noodles distributed in the country that is alleged to contain cancer-causing agents.

In response to Singapore’s health authorities report, Malaysia has acted accordingly and has issued an order requesting the distributor of the instant noodle to voluntarily recall the noodles from store shelves.

The report from Singapore indicated that two types of instant noodles made by Southeast Asian brands have been found to contain a cancer-inducing substance, Taipei’s Department of Health said on Monday (April 24) as it released the results of the city’s 2023 inspection of instant noodles available in Taipei, reported CNA.

In a statement, the department said it found that a batch of “Ah Lai White Curry Noodles” from Malaysia and a batch of “Indomie: Special Chicken Flavour” noodles from Indonesia both contained ethylene oxide, a chemical compound associated with lymphoma and leukemia.

MOH said the Ah Lai White Curry Noodle distributed has been asked to be recalled, while the Indomie Special Chicken Flavour is more serious as it was confirmed to contain ethylene oxide and has since been ordered to be recalled from store shelves.

The authority has also taken legal action against the distributor including the issuance of a compound.

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