Korean noodles Shin Ramen, Shin Ramyun safe for consumption in Singapore???

So far no press release from AVA (Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore) whether or not it's safe to consume Korean noodles, "Shin Ramen" and "Shin Ramyun".

The latest news has Malaysia advise the consumer to avoid eating them. Also said that the Malaysian Health ministry was conducting tests to determine if they had excessive amounts of plasticiser, di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP).

Talking about plasticiser, the latest from AVA is about GlaxoSmithKline's Augmentin Oral Suspension drug has been found clear of any trace of the industrial plasticisers DEHP and DIDP. In other words, the product available in Singapore has been found safe for consumption.

Consumers have been advised to avoid eating Korean noodles "Shin Ramen" and "Shin Ramyun" until tests confirm they are safe for consumption.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said both products from the same company had been recalled as the ministry was conducting tests to determine if they had excessive amounts of plasticiser, di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and di-isononyl phthalate (DINP).

"We urge consumers not to eat the noodles until our tests show they are free from contaminants," he told a press conference after attending the Kojadi annual general meeting 2011 here yesterday.

Liow also said that all Taiwanese food products had been put on level four alert under the Food Safety Information System of Malaysia (FoSIM) after carcinogens were detected in several of them.

He had instructed that all food consignments from Taiwan be fully inspected after some of its food products were found to have been contaminated by excessive amounts of plasticiser, DEHP and DINP.

"We are strengthening our workforce at entry points to ensure no contaminated food products slip through our ports and gates," Liow said.

He explained that all imported food products were labelled from level one to level six under FoSIM and all level four products were subject to full inspections.

However, Liow said the amount of Taiwanese food products imported by Malaysia was small and that it was more important to ensure banned additives do not enter the country.

Meanwhile, Liow assured consumers that flour sold in the market was safe for consumption as the ministry's tests showed that benzoyl peroxide (bleaching agent) had not exceeded the permitted level.

"Our tests showed that the benzoyl peroxide in our flour did not exceed 50mg per kg, which is the permitted level in Malaysia," he said.

From Asiaone, "Avoid Korean noodles: M'sian authorities".

GlaxoSmithKline's Augmentin Oral Suspension drug has been found clear of any trace of the industrial plasticisers DEHP and DIDP.

The prescription drug is used to treat respiratory tract infections.

The Health Sciences Authority took samples of the product for testing on June 7, following media reports in Taiwan about the presence of DIDP in Augmentin Oral Suspension.

HSA has since clarified that the formulations of Augmentin available in Taiwan are not available in Singapore.

The product available in Singapore has been found safe for consumption.

From Channel NewsAsia, "GSK's Augmentin Oral Suspension drug cleared of plasticiser".

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