Cockroach Protein in Instant Noodles

Peyoung Instant Yakisoba Suspend Production After Consumer Complaints

Today we woke up with what some people call the “Mother of all Storms” hitting the Bay Area (San Francisco), flash flood warnings have been issued for most of the Bay Area and at least 37,000 families have lost power at some time during the day.

We also learned that two Japanese companies, Maruka Foods Corp. and Nissin Foods Holdings Co., had issue recalls after pieces of cockroaches were found in their noodle meals.

Here is the story from the Wall Street Journal.

Two Japanese food companies have pulled products from store shelves and issued a recall after pieces of cockroaches were found in their noodle meals.

Maruka Foods Corp., based in Gunma prefecture, confirmed Thursday that cockroach pieces had been found in one of its packages of instant noodles, and that it “could not deny the possibility” that some products contaminated with foreign objects might have accidentally been shipped from its factory.

The problem came to light after one consumer posted a photo online that showed pieces of an insect in Maruka’s peyoung brand instant noodles.

The company determined that the cockroach might have gotten mixed in during the manufacturing process following both third-party and in-house inspections, a spokesman said.

Maruka said it has shut down its two factories and halted sales of its signature instant noodles. It has also recalled 50,000 or so packages that were manufactured on the same line on the same day as the contaminated product, and offered a refund to customers who send in any of its peyoung brand noodles.

Maruka’s actions follows similar steps by Nissin Foods Holdings Co., which recalled its frozen pasta meals Wednesday.

In Nissin’s case, the company said that pieces of what appear to be a cockroach were found in tomato cream-flavored frozen pasta manufactured Oct. 21 at its factory in Shizuoka prefecture. The company was alerted when three consumers called last month to complain about foreign objects in a meal, a spokesman said.

Nissin said there is a high possibility the cockroach was mixed in the vegetables used in the pasta dishes. The company will recall 746,620 packages manufactured in the same factory and sold in Japan.

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