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Howe Noodles says it’s not implicated in child deaths

Eastern Cape producer, Grandisync, says its Howe Noodles were not linked to the deaths of children, and that both an upcoming report and its own lab tests clear it of involvement.

In December, the National Consumer Commission (NCC) named Howe and its manufacturer, Grandisync CC, in investigations into the deaths of children

“[B]ased on the information provided to the Commission by other regulators and the supplier, the NCC has reasonable suspicion to believe that Grandisync CC supplied unsafe goods or goods that posed a potential risk to the public,” said the NCC at the time.

A lawyer for Grandisync says it had been cleared, and that an “imminent” report would confirm as much officially – though the NCC said its investigation was still ongoing.

The investigation had found its noodles had not been eaten by the children before their deaths, said Grandisync, and a police laboratory had found the agricultural insecticide Termifos to have been the cause of death.

Meanwhile, independent testing “confirm that our product is safe for human consumption”, said Grandisync.

Astronishingly, it admits, those tests show that one flavour of spice that comes with the two-minute noodles contained trace amounts of warfarin, a substance originally used as a rat poison and now commonly prescribed as an anticoagulant.

Warfarin in noodles

The warfarin was found only in the “curry spice” packet that ships with one flavour of Howe, and at very low levels.

“The warfarin levels measured in the curry spice pack are considered as trace amounts, far below any toxic levels and most likely due to accidental contamination of the product,” said the toxicology laboratory Grandisync had commissioned for the testing.


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