TAIPEI - Three Wu-Mu Ramen products were taken off shelves for violating regulations regarding sodium copper chlorophyllin content in the noodles, Sing-Lin Foods Corp. announced yesterday.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) yesterday continued to investigate two companies that imported sodium copper chlorophyllin and five companies, including Sing-Lin Foods Corp., that have been purchasing sodium copper chlorophyllin from those importers.
Sing-Lin Foods Corp. General Manger Teng Tung-mu said that the company has been purchasing natural chlorophyllin from Chin Haoo Trading Co., Ltd. as a food additive for certain noodle products.
"However, Chin Haoo informed Sing-Lin on Nov. 4 that there was an adjustment on packaging and the label was changed from natural chlorophyllin to sodium copper chlorophyllin," said Teng.
"Sing-Lin understood that sodium copper chlorophyllin is not allowed to be added to noodles," said Teng. "Therefore, the company decided to stop the production process of the three noodle products that contain sodium copper chlorophyllin and take them off shelves immediately."
According to Teng, customers can take the packages of the three products to retailers for refunds with or without the receipts.
Tsai Shu-chen (蔡淑貞) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that according to the Standards for Specification, Scope, Application and Limitation of Food Additives, sodium copper chlorophyllin is not allowed to be added to noodles, and those who violate the regulation could receive a fine of NT$30,000 to a maximum of NT$3 million.