Lucky Me! denies adding ethylene oxide in products amid recalls in EU, Taiwan

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Lucky Me! denies adding ethylene oxide in products amid recalls in EU, Taiwan

The Philippines’ largest noodle maker has clarified that ethylene oxide is not added in any of its Lucky Me! products.

The statement from Monde Nissin Corp. on Thursday (July 7) follows reports that France, Malta, Ireland and Taiwan have issued health warnings on the company’s Lucky Me! noodles, citing the “high level of ethylene oxide.”

“We would like to clarify that ethylene oxide is not added in Lucky Me! products. It is a commonly used treatment in spices and seeds to control microbial growth typical in agricultural products. These materials, when processed into season and sauces, may still show traces of ethylene oxide,” according to Monde Nissin Corp.

The Philippine noodle maker added that the recall “affects other companies’ noodle brands and multiple categories such as ice cream, sesame seed, spices, calcium carbonate supplements, among others.”

It said that all Lucky Me! products are registered with the Philippines’ and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and comply with local and international food safety standards.

Meanwhile, Philippine Department of Health spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the FDA is already investigating the issue.

Vergeire explained that ethylene oxide can cause side effects like nausea and loose bowel movement, and in extreme cases, difficulty in breathing and fatigue.

In the UAE, Lucky Me! noodles are sold in various supermarkets and grocery stores. There was yet no reported recall of the popular Philippine noodle brand as of Thursday. ICA/Expat Media


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