Expiration date controversy in China Samyang Foods “No problem”

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There is a controversy in China saying that the shelf life of Samyang Food Buldak Fried Noodles for export is much longer than that for domestic use. Buldak-bokkeummyeon is popular in China for its unique spicy taste, so it is noteworthy how the Chinese government will handle this problem. Samyang Foods is in the position that there is no problem at all because products for export are made according to the national standards.

According to Newsis on the 11th, Chinese state media Observer Network etc. reported that the shelf life of Samyang Foods Buldak Fried Noodles sold in China is 12 months, which is twice as long as the shelf life of products for domestic use (6 months), so the Chinese authorities have started to check the facts. told

Citing an industry insider in China, the media said, “The shelf life of instant noodles in China is on average 6 months. said. Accordingly, most Chinese ramen makers set the expiration date to within six months.

However, the shelf life of Samyang Food’s Buldak Fried Noodles is controversial because it is ‘one year’, which is twice as long as the shelf life of general ramen in China. Chinese netizens responded, “The shelf life of Korean Buldak Fried Noodles is one year, but the product for domestic use is six months.” A Chinese netizen’s post pointing out the expiration date of such Buldak-bokkeum-myeon has become a hot topic with over 500 million views on some social media sites.

However, as a result of checking with three major domestic ramen companies in addition to Samyang Foods, it was confirmed that the shelf life of products for export to China is 12 months in common. In the case of ramen exported from Korea without a local production plant, the customs clearance and logistics process takes a long time, so the shelf life has been lengthened.

A Samyang Food official said, “Not only China has a shelf life of 12 months, but all countries exported by Samyang Food have a shelf life of 12 months.” This is because it has to go through a long process of shipping by sea, quarantine in the importing country, customs clearance, and inland transportation before it reaches consumers in major exporting countries.

As the shelf life of products for export is longer than that for domestic consumption, domestic ramen companies are thoroughly implementing measures to ensure the freshness of products for export. Therefore, even if the shelf life is one year, there is no big problem.

An official from Samyang Foods said, “Products for overseas export must properly comply with the basic laws and standards for customs clearance, such as food regulations and additive management standards for each country.” “He said.

Samyang Foods emphasized that antioxidants are added to products for export to prevent ‘oxidation of noodles’, a controversial issue in China. The official said, “When we think of antioxidants, we think of chemical ingredients, but our antioxidant method is to blend green tea extract, a naturally-derived ingredient,” said the official.

The same goes for Ottogi Ramen. An Ottogi official said, “The shelf life of products for export is 12 months in consideration of domestic and overseas logistics processes such as export customs clearance.” make,” he said.

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