S. Korea gov’t seeks lifting of ban on noodles


The South Korean government is urging the Philippine government to lift the ban on the importation of South Korean Nongshim instant noodle, saying it is “impacting the image of Korea-made noodles.” PHOTO BY DON LEJANO

MANILA, Philippines—Declaring it was safe for human consumption, the South Korean government is urging the Philippine government to immediately lift the ban on the importation of South Korean instant noodle preparations carrying the brand name Nongshim.

In a statement, the South Korean Embassy said the ban was “seriously impacting both Philippine and Korean traders, as well as the image of Korea-made noodles.”

“Given this serious situation, we are requesting for appropriate measures from the Philippine government, including the expeditious lifting of the ban on the six Korean noodle brands,” the embassy said.

It was referring to the following noodle brands: Nongshim Neoguri (Hot), Nongshim Neoguri (Hot Multi), Nongshim Neoguiri (Mild), Nongshim Big Bowl Shrimp, Nongshim Saengsaeng Udon, and Nongshim Saengsaeng Udon Bowl.

According to the embassy, the Korea Food and Drug Administration had “requested Nongshim Co. Ltd. to recall the six noodle brands immediately after it learned of the news that benzopyrene was detected recently” in samples of the product.

“But the KFDA conducted tests and issued a certificate, dated Nov. 7, 2012, saying the level of benzopyrene found in the Nongshim noodle powder—which ranged from 0.4 to 1.6 ppb—was extremely low and has no harmful effects on the human body,” it said.

“Furthermore, several foreign countries, except the Philippines and Thailand, have lifted their respective bans on the six Nongshim noodle brands. Taipei authorities have also conducted its own tests, concluding that the noodles are indeed not harmful to consumers,” said the embassy.

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  • AFPako

    Masarap yan , ibigay na lang yan sa mga kayumangmangs lalo na ang daming naiilangan ng pag kain.  Dios ko sanisiman, sayang yan…

  • AFPako

    Calling on Malacanang to lift this Noodle Ban. SOuth KOrea is our ally and supplies us with military equipment. This is not good. We need to allow their contaminated products to get in . This will affect business between two great allies.
    Anyway , kayumangmangs are patay gutom , they need the noodles for they are cheap food alternative . Pls allow the lifting of the ban. Salamat ….

  • AFPako

    We kayumangmangs love Nongshzt Noodles from our ally South Koreigooks. We love Nongshim Noodles rather than the CHicom made noodles. Mas masarap kung kaibigan natin ang  gumagawa.

  • AFPako

    Dancing Gangnam and eating Nongnam Noodles = perfect marriage made in Heaven !

  • RiverHorse

    if it’s safe then the SOKOR government should give it to its own people first and have them EAT ALL OF IT. tapos ang usapan

  • t2jr

    first, show on video the executives and officials of SKorea eating their own product noodles. then may be, Pinoys can change their minds.

  • Etep Xena

    Ibenta na lang sana ng Koreans sa Tsina ang mga nakakalasong noodles.Sanay namang kumain ng may lead at uminom ng gatas na may melamine resin ang mga Dilawing Beho.In China, name it and they eat it.

  • Edgardo Mendoza


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