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Instant noodles banned in Denmark for being too spicy

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A Danish food regulator recalled a brand of instant noodles, declaring the chewy, umami-filled strings posed a health hazard, despite not having quality control issues. They were too spicy.  

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) made the decision to recall three varieties of the popular Buldak instant noodle brand because they were deemed too heavy on the chili.  

The noodles “are being recalled as the levels of total capsaicin in the products pose a risk of acute poisoning,” the Danish agency said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Capsaicin is the naturally occurring ingredient that makes chili peppers spicy, and the culprit behind the burning sensation diners either love or hate in a meal.

Buldak noodles are made by Samyang Foods, a South Korean company that in 2023 had $2.3 billion in revenue. The word Buldak means “fire chicken” in Korean, an obvious indication of what awaits within the colorful packaging. The three varieties of noodles that were subject to the recall are Buldak Samyang 3x Spicy & Hot Chicken, Buldak Samyang 2x Spicy & Hot Chicken, and Buldak Samyang Hot Chicken Stew. 

The noodle recall was unprecedented for Samyang, according to the company. “This is the first time they’ve been subject to a recall for this reason,” a Samyang spokesperson told CNN. It’s “because it is so spicy that it could cause problems.”

The high levels of spice in Buldak’s noodles were a risk especially for “children and weak or elderly people if they consume the total capsaicin content in the packages,” a DVFA spokesperson told Fortune

Are spicy foods dangerous for your health? 

For the most part spicy foods containing capsaicin are not dangerous. 

However, extremely high levels of capsaicin can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea and a burning sensation when ingested, according to the National Capital Poison Center, a non-profit hotline for poisonings. 

Some studies have found that regular…

Paolo Confino

2024-06-13 13:47:22

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