Insecticide Found in Ramen in Japan


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YOKOSUKA, Japan, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Nine instant noodle cups emitting strong chemical odors have been found to contain insecticides, Japanese health officials said Saturday.

The Japanese Consumers’ Cooperative Union said Friday that nine of the 29 reported cases of contaminated instant noodle cups have been confirmed as containing traces of the insect repellents naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene, The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.

Among the confirmed cases was a September incident in Yokosuka, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, involving a 50-year-old man who noticed the chemical odor after making two servings of instant ramen.