Denmark Recalls South Korean Samyang Noodles for Poisoning Risks Due to Being Too Spicy

By Thea Felicity

Jun 12, 2024 11:48 AM EDT

3X Spicy Buldak Ramen

(Photo : Samyang Foods)

On Tuesday, June 12, Denmark's food agency has recalled three Samyang Foods instant noodle products due to dangerously high levels of capsaicin, the active component in chili peppers, which could cause "acute poisoning," according to the South China Morning Post.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) specifically mentioned Buldak products, the 3x Spicy & Hot Chicken, 2x Spicy & Hot Chicken, and Hot Chicken Stew noodles, as those removed from store shelves. The agency warned consumers to discard or return the products, emphasizing the risk, especially for children, who should seek medical attention if they exhibit acute symptoms. 

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What happens If You Overeat Spicy Food?

According to HuffPost, consuming excessively spicy foods, like the Samyang Buldak noodles, can lead to serious health effects such as severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and, in extreme cases, "acute poisoning." 

Denmark's main concern is the high level of capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers. Capsaicin can irritate the gastrointestinal tract and may become worse for children. Danish VFA's recall decision also calls for Samyang Foods to regulate capsaicin levels in their food products to prevent these health issues. 

Samyang Foods, whose products have seen international popularity and record profits, acknowledged this is the first recall for excessive spiciness and pledged to better understand and comply with local regulations. 

Despite the recall, the brand continues to thrive, particularly in the United States, where its bulk carbonara ramen went viral on TikTok, leading to reports of shortages and celebrity endorsements.

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