Friday, October 15, 2010

Indomie banned in Taiwan *updated*

Taiwanese authorities on Friday, October 7, 2010, reported that Indomie sold in their country contains two preservatives that are prohibited, namely methyl p-hydroxybenzoate and benzoic acid. Two elements should only be used to make cosmetics.[Click here for video]


Singapore : 
Singapore's Agri Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said tests carried out have shown that the "Indomie" instant noodles in Singapore don't contain the chemical preservative, Para-hydroxy Benzoates.

The Indomie instant noodles sold in Malaysia are safe for consumption, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Wednesday.

"The indomie noodles are safe to eat and they entered the Hongkong market via Legal import channels" . 
[ they claimed : The poisoned products found in Taiwan are suspected of being imported in illegal ways"]

*Status unknown* 

Updated (18th Oct 2010)
Thank you for your email dated 15/10/2010, concerning recent media reports in regards to Indomie Noodles.
The NSW Food Authority is aware of these reports & we have been working with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) in this regard. FSANZ have advised us that Indomie (Australia) have confirmed that Indomie instant noodles that are imported into Australia - donot include the preservative -218 (methyl p-hydroxybenzoate) in the soy sauce. Therefore it is unlikely that the products found in Taiwan are available for sale in Australia.

Yours sincerely
Consumer & Industry Helpline
NSW Food Authority Helpline <>



“Registered Indomie products have met [safety and health] criteria,I don't know what standard is used in Taiwan, but BPOM follows the international standard by the Codex Alimentarius Commission"

So is it safe to eat or no?  


Anonymous said...

i don't care. i rather die for it. haha.

Yusrie said...


Better safe than Sorry....

But 3 countries said it is safe to eat the indomie.

To be in the safe place: I ll keep my indomie away until there is clarification from Australia...

ahaha :P

Indomee fanboy said...

Who cares??Indo mee for LIFE!!haha

btw yusri.nice work man.Do keep the blog update at all time.Shall you?

Salwa Khair Tarif said...

I brought my indomie from brunei, so mine's safe! ;)

d440 said...


Yusrie said...

Indomee fanboy, Insya Allah:)

Yup Salwa Brunei pun cakap ok

Everywhere cakap it is safe except if you are staying in Taiwan....:) hehe

Yusrie said...

Just got confirmation from that Indomie instant noodles that are imported into Australia - do not include the preservative -218 (methyl p-hydroxybenzoate) in the soy sauce. :)

Anonymous said...

I live in Australia and have just bought a box of indo mie mi goreng. The soy sauce does in fact contain methyl-p-benzoate (218). However it is the last ingredient on the list so most likely the smallest contribution. From what I have read - as long as the concentration is less then 1:1000 it is perfectly fine. symptoms of the poisoning are initially vomiting and then more severe symptoms follow from extended exposure.

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