The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found traces of pesticide in one of the instant noodle products of Monde Nissin (MONDE), owned by ultra bilyonaryo Betty Ang.
In a July 15 advisory, FDA said: “Ethylene oxide was found in the Lucky Me Pancit Canton Kalamansi variant at a level below the EU acceptable level of 0.02 mg/kg. In this regard, the FDA will study this matter to determine the appropriate risk management strategy in consultation with other government agencies, like the Department of Agriculture (DA).”
The findings were based on tests conducted by an independent laboratory in Vietnam.
FDA said the tests showed no traces of ethylene oxide in the samples submitted for other Lucky Me! variants – Pancit Canton Extra Hot Chili, Pancit Canton Regular, Pancit Canton Chilimansi and Instant Mami Beef Regular.
MONDE had previously claimed that it does not add ethylene oxide in Lucky Me! which it claimed was “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,” it said.
While Lucky Me products were the subject product warnings and recall orders last in the European Union last week.
FDA said that while “the contaminated product does not pose an immediate risk to health, exposure to the substance should be minimized as there may be health issues if there is continued consumption of ethylene oxide over a long period of time.”