FSA issues update after spicy Korean instant ramen recall

-Credit: (Image: Getty)
-Credit: (Image: Getty)

A South Korean spicy ramen will not be recalled in the UK, MyLondon understands. The Samyang Buldak instant ramen was recalled in Denmark due to a potentially poisonous level of capsaicin, the chemical that makes food spicy.

The recalled hot flavours are Buldak 3x Spicy & Hot Chicken, 2x Spicy & Hot Chicken, and Hot Chicken Stew.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has told MyLondon that it’s not aware of any UK food safety issues. A high level of capsaicin that is naturally present in the chilli used is legal in the UK, with no limit, but companies cannot artificially add more capsaicin. It is not a permitted additive or flavouring substance

There is no indication that Samyang has added capsaicin. The FSA says that if there is any unsafe food on the market, it will take fast action to alert consumers via its website.

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Capsaicin is the hot component of chilli
Capsaicin is the hot component of chilli -Credit:Wikimedia Commons

In a statement to the BBC, Samyang said: “We understand that the Danish food authority recalled the products, not because of a problem in their quality but because they were too spicy. The products are being exported globally. But this is the first time they have been recalled for the above reason."

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said the capsaicin levels are so high that 'they pose a risk of the consumer developing acute poisoning'.

"If you have the products, you should discard them or return them to the store where they were purchased."

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