FDA Updates Recalled Noodles To Highest Risk Level

By: Julia Mehalko | Published: Jun 10, 2024

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its risk level of the recently recalled instant noodle products manufactured by Sun Noodle. Now, the FDA has reported that this recall is now designated as a Class I recall.

Class I is the highest risk level the FDA can give a recall. It’s the most serious classification.

May’s Noodle Recall

This FDA update comes after Sun Noodle recalled many of its instant noodle products back in May. Sun Noodle, a food manufacturer located in Hawaii, voluntarily recalled these products because of an undeclared presence of egg.

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Egg is one of the major allergens. Food items must be properly designated and labeled if they contain egg. The Sun Noodle products being recalled are the company’s S&S Cup Saimin—Noodles With Soup & Garnishes.


One of the Nine Major Allergens

People allergic to eggs can have anywhere from small to severe reactions if they accidentally ingest eggs. For this reason, the FDA requires food items to be labeled if they contain this major allergen, or one of the other common allergens.

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According to the FDA, the nine major allergens are egg, milk, peanuts, wheat, soybeans, fish, tree nuts, crustacean shellfish, and sesame.

Why These Noodles Were Recalled

Back in May, these Sun Noodle products were first recalled because it appears the company became aware that the food items had eggs in them — and this wasn’t properly labeled on the packaging.

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The company has since clarified that the “egg white powder ingredient is limited to the Fish Cake within this (frozen) soup and noodle cup and this product has very limited distribution.”

An FDA Update

Now, the FDA has fully updated its risk level of these noodles — and the agency has risen the level all the way up to its most severe classification.

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This recall is now deemed a Class I recall, which is only issued if there is a “reasonable probability” that eating this product could “cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”

Other Classifications

There are two other classifications the FDA can give a recall. A Class II recall can occur in “a situation in which use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”

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Meanwhile, a Class II classification can be put on a recall if the item is unlikely to cause any health consequences.


Why the FDA Updated This Recall

After Sun Noodle voluntarily recalled its products in May, the FDA did not release any indication that they would update its risk level. Before this most recent update, this recall did not have any classification level.

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However, the FDA may have chosen to update this recall to Class I because of the potentially severe symptoms and allergic reactions consumers could have if they are allergic to egg and then eat this product.


Food Allergy Reactions

Food allergy reactions vary. Some common symptoms include rashes, hives, swelling, diarrhea, and vomiting.

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However, more serious reactions can also occur in those who have more severe allergies. These potentially life-threatening reactions can include swelling of the throat, loss of consciousness, and difficulty breathing.


Products Affected

The Sun Noodle products affected by this May recall — and subsequent Class I update — were mainly distributed to four different states, including California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.

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These noodle items were sold both last year and this year. They have lot codes 1623129 — 1623365, as well as 1624001 — 1624129.


Returning Recalled Products

When Sun Noodle first voluntarily recalled these products last month, they told their customers to return these items to the place they bought them to receive a full refund.

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The manufacturer also released a news release, stating, “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or concern this may cause and assure our customers that we are taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety and quality of our products.”


Recent Recalls

This latest FDA update comes after many food recalls have been seen in the United States. However, many of these recalls had to do with bacteria contamination.

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For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA recently announced that they believe cucumbers are responsible for a recent salmonella outbreak seen in many states in the country.


The FDA’s Update on Potatoes

The FDA also recently updated its risk level on recalled potato products being sold in the U.S. The agency updated its risk to Class II.

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More than 10,000 potato products are impacted by this latest recall and classification update.