Denmark reports 10 cases of vomiting, pain linked to Korean Buldak spicy noodles

Images of Samyang Foods' Buldak noodle products / Courtesy of Samyang Foods

At least 10 Danes have reported illnesses such as vomiting after consuming Buldak’s spicy noodles, according to Danish authorities, Friday. The Korean instant noodles produced by Samyang Foods were recalled earlier this week in Denmark due to their excessive spiciness.

“One of the hospitals in Denmark has a specialized unit for poisonings. They informed us that they received about 10 inquiries from individuals experiencing symptoms such as abdominal pain and vomiting,” a Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said in response to The Korea Times’ inquiry about potential illnesses linked to the Korean noodles.

The official did not provide specifics regarding the timing or severity of the reported symptoms.

Confirming that the three Buldak noodle products are being recalled in Denmark, the official added that no further measures are currently planned regarding Samyang’s products.

On Tuesday (local time), the Danish food administration recalled three types of Buldak spicy noodles — Samyang Buldak Hot 스포츠토토존 Chicken Ramen 3x Spicy, Samyang Buldak Hot Chicken Ramen 2x Spicy and Samyang Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen Stew Type — citing a risk of acute poisoning due to the high capsaicin content in these products.

Danish officials advised consumers who have these products to “discard them or return them to the store where they were purchased.” They also urged parents to contact the Poison Line if their child exhibits acute symptoms after consuming the noodles.

It remains unclear whether the 10 reported illnesses associated with the noodles directly prompted the Danish recall.

This marks the first instance in which Buldak noodle products, exported to approximately 80 countries, have been recalled for being too spicy.

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