Noodle link investigated as children die in South Africa


South African officials are investigating the deaths of up to five children to see if they are linked to eating instant noodles.

The Ministry of Health is investigating possible food poisoning in the provinces of Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and Gauteng.

The agency met with environmental health practitioners from the three affected provinces and municipalities to obtain more information, including the brand name of the product, the supplier or manufacturer, and the stores where the food was purchased. Leftover food items were collected from some affected households and sent for laboratory testing.

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has opened an investigation into Grandisync CC, the supplier of Howe Instant Noodles based in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.

This follows allegations that three children who died in the Eastern Cape may have consumed 2-minute Howe noodles, but lab results are still pending.

The agency said that, based on information provided to it by other regulators and the supplier, it has “reasonable suspicions” that Grandisync CC supplied dangerous goods or items of potential risk. for the public.

Unfounded allegations
Health officials have said there could be a recall of the affected products if evidence points to a need.

The South African Human Rights Commission has condemned social media posts claiming the possible contamination of the noodles was the result of tampering by foreign nationals.

“The Commission reminds the public that official sources are still investigating a possible contamination. At this point, there is no evidence to suggest possible tampering or any connection with foreign companies. If there is cause for concern, the authorities will communicate it.

A total of five deaths, three children in the Eastern Cape and two in Limpopo, are linked to the noodles, the Commission said.

Members of the public were encouraged to practice good hygiene when handling food, including checking labeling for expiration or related dates and condition of food and packaging.

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