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Stores remove 'DEHP noodles'

SHANGHAI hypermarkets have removed Nong Shin instant noodles from their shelves as the products are suspected of being tainted with DEHP.

Hong Kong Cable TV reported over the weekend that four types of instant noodles - Yupinhuang beef flavor noodles, Nissin Japanese-style fried noodles, Nong Shin spicy mushroom noodles and Jinfen brisket flavor noodles - contained DEHP, which can cause cancer.

Among the four, the DEHP content in the Yupinhuang and Nissin products exceeded the standard of the World Health Organization.

The Cable TV said the DEHP content in the Yupinhuang noodles was 53 times higher than the standard.

All four products were reported to be made on the Chinese mainland. Nong Shin noodles are produced in Shanghai, said Cable TV.

However, the Hong Kong Center for Food Safety said its test didn't find DEHP in Nong Shin noodles, and it didn't know where the Cable TV got their test results. Anyway, officials will retest the products.

The Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said yesterday that although Nong Shin noodles were found to contain DEHP, the content didn't exceed the standard of the WHO.

The bureau said it is now inspecting local food firms regarding DEHP problems, and will report the results to the city government.

Yesterday, Carrefour Shanghai told Shanghai Daily that it has removed all the questionable Nong Shin products from its shelves, as the chain "wanted to be responsible for consumers."

The company also requires Nong Shin to provide an authoritative DEHP-free report on its products. The hypermarket said it hadn't receive any notice from authorities to stop selling the products.

An official with the Shanghai office of the Japan-based Nissin company said its products were qualified according to the result of a third-party quality test, China Business News reported yesterday.

An official with the Shanghai branch of South Korea-based Nong Shin said the questioned product is not available in the Chinese mainland market, the newspaper said.

The DEHP scandal started this month in Taiwan, when a food additive company was found to have illegally added DEHP to their clouding agent.

More than 900 brands from Taiwan have since been banned from sale on China's mainland.


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