FoodSpicy Korean noodles recalled in Denmark for health risks

Spicy Korean noodles recalled in Denmark for health risks

Instant soups withdrawn by the Danish Food Agency
Instant soups withdrawn by the Danish Food Agency
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12:19 PM EDT, June 12, 2024

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has withdrawn famous Korean instant noodles because they may threaten consumer health or safety. Which specific products are involved?

The noodles mentioned in the communiqué are prevalent on social media. Due to their spicy taste, internet users participate in challenges where they eat them in front of cameras.

Denmark has withdrawn Korean instant noodles from sale

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) announced in a recent communiqué that famous Korean instant noodles are too spicy. Experts have determined that their consumption can result in severe intoxication and thus negatively affect health and well-being. According to DVFA, the warning covers three types of instant ramen noodles from South Korea's Samyang company:

              
  • Buldak 3x Spicy Hot Chicken
  • 2x Spicy Hot Chicken
  • Hot Chicken Stew

The Danish food agency warned against consuming products officially recognized as dangerous and called on consumers to return the products mentioned in the communiqué to stores. BBC reports that it is uncertain whether specific incidents prompted Danish authorities to take action.

Instant noodles too spicy. Risk of intoxication development

Before the DVFA decided to withdraw the products from sale, it thoroughly analyzed their composition. It indicated that the capsaicin level in each listed product exceeds the safety norm for health. According to experts, this poses a risk of severe intoxication for consumers, especially for children.

Popular Korean company's soups have been withdrawn from sale in Denmark
Popular Korean company's soups have been withdrawn from sale in Denmark© Adobe Stock

What is capsaicin? It is a natural substance found, among other things, in chili peppers, responsible for their hot, burning taste. It acts on pain receptors, causing a sensation of burning and spiciness in the mouth.

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