Posted by: rbbadger | July 18, 2009

More food problems

Last year, if you will cast your minds back, you might remember some of the food related stories of 2008.  First, there were the anti-US beef protests which ultimately turned out to be anti-Lee Myeong-bak protests.  Following right on the heels of that, we had the melamine scare in which a large number of foods produced by companies in the People’s Republic of China were found to contain melamine, an industrial chemical.  The Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA, 식품의약품안전청) responded promptly, pulling just about anything containing dairy products that had its origin in China.  For a few months, you couldn’t even find Oreos in Korea, given that they are manufactured by RJR Nabisco Shenzen, Co., Ltd., the Chinese branch of RJR Nabisco. 

The Hankook Ilbo and the Korea Times are both reporting on the police investigations into a couple of noodle makers in Korea.   Apparently, they had been using industrial grade ethanol in the manufacturing of their noodles.  Apparently, this had been going on since April.  One of them has been arrested and other is still being investigated.  Noodles figure into a number of Korean dishes, including my summertime favourite, naengmyeon (buckwheat noodles served in a chilled beef broth).



  1. Ethanol???

  2. What is it with some people?!

  3. yikes! stay away from the naengmyeon and come on over for some chimichangas! 😉

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