General Director of Acecook Vietnam Kajiwara Junichi has asserted that all of the firm’s instant noodles are safe for local consumers, following Ireland’s warning about a banned substance found in some of the company's products.
During a press conference on Saturday, Junichi said that Acecook Vietnam is exporting its products to 40 countries, adding that the company always focuses on transparency, quality, and safety.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland recently announced it had recalled batches of Acecook Vietnam’s Hao Hao sour-hot shrimp flavor instant noodle and Good spare ribs flavor instant noodle products, whose production dates are March 24 and May 10, due to the presence of ethylene oxide.
The two products are exclusively exported to the European market and are not available in the Vietnamese market, the general director said.
Junichi asserted that all of Acecook’s products in Vietnam abide by the local law and are safe for the health of consumers.
Ethylene oxide is widely used to disinfect medical equipment, he continued, adding that the substance is also used to kill bacteria in some spices and dried vegetables.
It is accepted in such countries such as the United States and Canada, the executive claimed.
|An image of Acecook Vietnam's Hao Hao sour-hot shrimp flavor instant noodle product on the Food Safety Authority of Ireland's website|
Acecook Vietnam absolutely complies with the regulations of the EU, Vietnam, Japan, as well as other countries, and does not use ethylene oxide in its production, preservation, and storage process.
The firm is conducting extensive analysis and investigation of related materials, equipment, and procedures to identify the cause of the incident.
It will take prompt and effective measures to ensure product quality and safety for all consumers, Junichi said.
Acecook Vietnam has also worked with suppliers of raw materials, who claimed they did not use ethylene oxide in their production process, he underlined.
Following the announcement of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has directed competent authorities to review all of Acecook Vietnam’s products in the country and inspect the firm’s production chain to detect any violations.