Major supermarkets in Grand Cayman are pulling shrimp flavoured Nissin Cup Noodles products from their shelves, after concerns were raised that cod and lobster ingredients used in the flavouring may cause serious allergic reactions in some people.
According to a press release issued by Nissin Foods (USA) Co., the manufacturer of the noodles, individuals who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to cod or lobster may run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the affected products.
Although the company has not received any report that any person has suffered any allergic reaction as a result of consuming the products, the company launched a voluntary nationwide recall of the product in the USA Friday as a safety precaution.
The recall relates to shrimp flavoured products called ‘Nissin Original Chow-Mein Shrimp’, and ‘Nissin Cup Noodles Shrimp’. Nissin Cup Noodles Shrimp was also sold through Wal-Mart stores under the label ‘Great Value Instant Shrimp’, at Winn Dixie stores under the label ‘Thrifty Maid with Shrimp Oriental Noodles with Vegetables’, and at Aldi grocery stores under the label ‘Jehling Ramen Noodle Soup Cup with Shrimp and Vegetables’.
On Monday, Foster’s Food Fair IGA, Kirk Supermarket and Hurley’s all confirmed they had or would be pulling the product. In a press release, Foster’s Food Fair IGA said the product will not be available at Fosters unless it receives a guarantee of the product’s safety.
‘We encourage all customers who have purchased these products to return the affected product to their Foster’s Food Fair IGA of purchase for a full refund,’ it said.
It is not clear whether other smaller retailers in the Cayman Islands are selling the affected products. At the time of going to press, the Department of Environmental Health had not issued an advisory on the affected product.
According to Nissin Foods (USA) Co., customers who have purchased the product and have any concern about an allergic reaction should discard the product immediately. Customers will receive a refund and a supplemental coupon if they then send the UPC Code only directly to Nissin at 2001 W Rosecrans Ave, Gardena, CA 90249. For more information, customers are urged to call Nissin Foods at 1-866-548-2945 or visit www.nissinfoods.com.