The Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Competition Commission (CCA) has warned consumers against eating some chicken and vegetable flavoured instant noodles commonly referred to as Indomie that were recalled from the Egyptian market on Tuesday.
The Food Safety Authority of Egypt banned its chicken and vegetables flavoured instant noodles as well as instant noodles with chili packs from the Egyptian market, citing that it’s unsafe for human consumption.
“The Commission would like therefore to alert the general public of the risks in consuming above Indomie instant noodles as established by the FSA and to exercise caution on the consumption of the same,” a statement issued indicated.
Food safety tests conducted by the Egyptian agency found that Indomie’s chili packets and the chicken and vegetable flavour packets contained “aflatoxins and pesticide residues in quantities that exceeded safe limits.”
“Other than those three products, Indomie instant noodles were generally found to be safe for human consumption,” a statement shared by CCA indicated.
In addition, the producers of Indomie Egypt were urged to remove the claim written on the product packages regarding the benefits of vitamin B and mineral salts of iron, zinc and calcium.
Following the findings, some 733,340 cartons of different Indomie flavours have been withdrawn from the Egyptian market by the supplier.