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Nongshim noodles pass tests on quality

NONGSHIM instant noodles passed quality tests after six flavors made in South Korea were found to contain carcinogenic substances, the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said yesterday.

No carcinogenic substance was found in the seasoning powder of 15 batches of Nongshim instant noodles and three batches of its noodles produced and sold in the city, it said.

Benzo(a)pyrene, or BaP, a substance linked to an increased risk of cancer, was found last week by South Korean food and drug authorities in the seasoning powder of six Nongshim instant noodle products.

BaP is listed as a Group 1 carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an intergovernmental agency that is part of the World Health Organization. The compound is the result of incomplete combustion at high temperatures and can be found in fried, barbecued, smoked and overcooked foods.

The noodles are being recalled, the South Korea-based instant noodle maker said.

China doesn't set a limit on BaP content in instant noodles, thus the test was based on the limit for vegetable oil and grain, the bureau said.


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