Popular instant noodle brand Lucky Me! issued an official statement following warnings and recall of its products in the European Union and Taiwan.
On its Facebook page, Lucky Me! explained:
We are aware of information being shared about Lucky Me! products in an ongoing recall in the EU and Taiwan due to the presence of Ethylene Oxide. The recall affects other companies' noodle brands and multiple categories such as ice cream, sesame seed, calcium carbonate supplements, among others.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 seasoning and sauces, may still show traces of Ethylene Oxide.Rest assured that all Lucky Me! products are Philippine FDA registered and comply with local food safety standards and even the US FDA standards for Ethylene Oxide.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes Ethylene Oxide as "a flammable gas with a somewhat sweet odor."
Exposure to ethylene oxide, the CDC said, "may cause headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulty, drowsiness, weakness, exhaustion, eye and skin burns, frostbite, and reproductive effects."
The EU warning stated:
In accordance with the Food Safety Act and Regulation (EC) No. 178 of 2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council, the Environmental Health Directorate within the Superintendence of Public Health wishes to inform the public that following information received through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed said products must not be consumed due to high levels of Ethylene oxide (a pesticide).
The products which were subjected to recall are:
- Lucky Me! Instant noodles Pancit Canton ORIGINAL
- Lucky Me! Instant noodles Pancit Canton HOT CHILI
- Lucky Me! Instant noodle soup BEEF
- Lucky Me! Instant noodles Pancit Canton KALAMANSI
- Lucky Me! Instant noodles Pancit Canton CHILIMANSI