Nestle Philippines has recalled all of it’s Maggi Rich Mami Noodles, both the Beef and Chicken flavors. This was done after traces of salmonella were found in two batches of the beef flavor.
The lot codes for the two batches, of beef flavored Maggi Rich Mami Noodles, where traces Salmonella were discovered were 11020598A2 and 11030598A1. According to a Nestle Ad, “The lot code numbers are found at the back of the product pack, between the ‘Best Before’ date and the ingredients list.” “The product recall is a precautionary measure being taken to ensure the safety and quality of our products.”
Nestle is requesting consumers who have purchased Maggie Rich Mami Noodles to “contact (their) hotline at 8980061 (for Metro Manila) and 1-800-100-637853 (toll-free for provincial areas).”
Zamboanga Department of Health (DOH) Local Health Support Director Dr. Joshua Brillantes says that salmonella will cause diarrhea, food poisoning, and fever.
In addition to the recall, Nestle Philippines has halted production of all their Maggi Rich Noodle products, “pending the completion of (their) investigation.” Referring to the flavoring sachet included with the noodles, Nestle has stated “initial findings suggest flavoring ingredients as the cause.”
Suzette Lazo, director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said that Nestle has done “a very responsible thing” by informing her office of the recall, and now the FDA has “to do our own test and get a report from (Nestle) every day.” She went on to say that the flavor enhancer, which is added to the noodles after they are cooked, seem to be the contaminated ingredient, and the U.S. has also recalled this flavor enhancer.
According to a Sun.Star article “912 cartons or 82,080 pieces of beef-flavored Maggi Rich Mami Noodles were contaminated with salmonella … Around 650 cartons have already been pulled out while others are deemed sold.”
So where are the other 200 plus cartons? Of course, some may already be in people’s houses. But there is another problem too. Many of the small Sari-Sari stores purchase their products from a larger store, rather than directly from a Nestle Distributor. If these stores are unaware of the recall, they may still be selling a tainted product.
If you have friends or relatives in a remote area, or island, of the Philippines, please advise them to stop eating Maggi Rich Mami Noodles until this has been resolved. For now, they should switch to another brands of noodles. I know we will be informing relatives on Almagro Island.
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