KOREA: 2 noodle makers use industrial ethanol
Posted: July 17th, 2009 - 2:32pm
Source: Korea Times
Two noodle makers were found making noodles with industrial ethanol and distributing them to restaurants in Seoul and the metropolitan area.
A 58-year-old head of a noodle-making company, identified as Jeong, was arrested on suspicions of making 390 tons of noodles with the chemical, which is banned from use in food, and supplying them to restaurants since April, according to the Korea Food and Drug Administration Friday.
The head of another food-production company, identified as Kim, 45, is also under investigation on similar charges.
The industrial ethanol, made by distilling petroleum, is usually used for paint and ink, and can be harmful if consumed, as noxious substances such as benzene and methyl alcohol are included.