Nestle Philippines announces recall of Maggi instant noodles nationwide due to Salmonella scare

Nestle Philippines, Inc. has announced recall of its instant noodle product Maggi Rich Mami Noodles after traces of salmonella were discovered in two batches of the beef variant of the product.

Nestle Philippines announces recall of Maggi instant noodles nationwide due to Salmonella scare

"The product recall is a precautionary measure being taken to ensure the safety and quality of our products and in the interests of our consumers, which we regard as of paramount importance," Nestle said in a half-page announcement in the May 5, 2011 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The announcement added that the recall would cover all Maggi Rich Mami Noodles variants, not just the affected batches namely 11020598A2 and 11030598A1.

"The quality and safety of our products are non-negotiable priorities for us, and it is in this regard that we have decided to do a complete voluntary recall of all Maggi Rich Mami Noodles, even outside those of the affected batches, for thorough product evaluation and testing," the announcement reads.

Nestle said that the flavoring ingredient used was the cause of the contamination based on the initial findings of an investigation.

The company also noted that they have not received consumer concerns related to the consumption of the product and added that Maggi Rich Mami Noodles are safe to eat if the cooking instructions are followed.

Consumers who have purchased the products are requested to contact the following Nestle Hotlines: 8980061 (Metro Manila) and 1-800-100-637853 (toll-free for provincial areas).

Noypistuff Salmonella 101

Salmonella is a type of bacteria which has many subtypes. The subtype which commonly cause food poisoning is medically known as non-typhoidial salmonallae, which lives in the intestinal tracts of humans and other animals. It typically causes illnesses in humans when it is transmitted through foods contaminated with animal or human feces.

The following are the symptoms of the Salmonella infection:
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting (occasionally)
These symptoms typically appear between 12 and 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria and last between 4 and 7 days and resolve on their own without treatment.

Usually, there is no treatment necessary for salmonella other than staying hydrated. Drinking plenty of water or an electrolyte solution (such as Pedialyte for children and infants or Gatorade for adults) is important when you have diarrhea to be sure you do not become dehydrated. Fruit juices and sodas should be avoided because they can possibly make the diarrhea worse. Some people may need antibiotic treatment.

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