July 22, 2024

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Denmark issues a recall on Korean ramen due to its excessive spiciness.

Denmark has initiated a recall of several spicy ramen noodle products manufactured by South Korean company Samyang, citing concerns over elevated capsaicin levels that could potentially harm consumers.

The recall affects three fiery flavors from Samyang’s instant ramen line: Buldak 3x Spicy & Hot Chicken, 2x Spicy & Hot Chicken, and Hot Chicken Stew. Denmark’s food agency issued the recall and warning, urging consumers to discontinue using the product.

However, Samyang contends that there are no quality issues with the food. In a statement to the BBC, the company stated, “We understand that the Danish food authority recalled the products, not because of a problem in their quality but because they were too spicy.” This marks the first time the products have been recalled globally for this reason.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration expressed concern over the high levels of capsaicin found in a single packet, warning of the risk of acute poisoning for consumers. They advised individuals in possession of these products to dispose of them or return them to the store where purchased, particularly emphasizing the danger for children, who may be more susceptible to harm from extremely spicy food.

The recall has sparked lively debate online, with many spicy food enthusiasts sharing amused reactions. Some comments highlighted perceptions of Danes having a low tolerance for spice, reflecting on personal experiences with Danish cuisine.

Samyang announced plans to closely examine local regulations in Denmark and respond accordingly. Notably, there have been no previous recalls of these noodles in any other country, nor have there been safety warnings issued elsewhere.

Capsaicin, the compound responsible for the burning sensation in chili peppers, is the focus of concern. When consumed, capsaicin interacts with receptors in the mouth, causing the sensation of heat.

Samyang, a prominent South Korean food manufacturer, prides itself on being the first company in the country to introduce instant noodles in the 1960s.