There is another food scare. This time, in Japan.
News have it that Japan’s Nissin Food Products Co. was recalling 500,000 cups of instant noodles over fears of insecticide contamination. The report said the Japan health office they had discovered paradichlorobenzene, the key chemical in bug repellent, but no puncture or other abnormality in the cup.
“A 67-year-old woman vomited and felt numbness on her tongue after eating Nissin’s Cup Noodle this week in the Tokyo suburb of Fujisawa, the city’s health office said late Thursday,” the report described an incident on ingesting the supposed contaminated noodles.
These cup noodles were made at a Nissin factory in Japan. Its officer denied the possibility of contamination at the factory, saying it had never used or stored the insecticide and had seven security cameras watching manufacturing lines. “It is unthinkable that the contamination occurred at our production lines,” he said.
But aren’t these Nissin cup noodles also sold here? I don’t mean to scare you, but if the cup noodles are directly imported from Japan, would a lot or a batch include some of those contaminated?
While we appreciate the intent of why instant foods–noodles, soups, coffees, milks–were invented in the first place, it is still sensible to be a little wary of food wrapped in those nicely-designed packages that would only require us to pour hot water over it or throw it in the microwave oven. We should be longing for the days when all people ate were made at home.
And while the world cannot afford not to have instant foods made to serve a growing population that’s always on the rush, then manufacturers must adhere to very strict quality control standards (perhaps even having people in their ranks try what they manufacture). People’s lives are at stake.
My cupboard had seen less and less of these instant foods since years ago. I had better feed hungry mouths with home cooked meals.
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