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The end of Maruchans: Why instant soups are banned in Mexico

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Profeco announced that instant soups will be withdrawn from the market because they are considered harmful to consumers’ health.

Ricardo Sheffield, head of Mexico’s consumer watchdog, confirmed that two brands of instant soups will be banned immediately: Buldak and Ottogui Ramen.

Instant soups are a favorite in convenience stores around the country. Photo: Courtesy

Maruchan Ramen was also in non-compliance with Mexican regulations, but they were not found in the stores at the time of the ban. However, they are not welcome back on store shelves.

Sheffield pointed out that these products have high sodium content, are high in calories low in nutrition. In addition, he issued a warning regarding the soups sold in plastic cups, saying “it is forbidden to put them in microwave ovens.” The materials apparently release harmful dioxins into the food. They are also not bio-degradable, remaining in landfills for hundreds of years.

Profeco also seized 129,937 units of soups of 12 brands in various self-service stores and commercial establishments for not complying with standard regulations.

Among the brands are Knorr ready-made pasta, Myojo, Selecto Brand, J-Basket, Chikara Udon, Buldak Cheese, and Ottogi Ramyon.

Social media users have spent the past couple of days mourning the beloved Maruchan Instant Lunch. Photo: Courtesy

Some do not comply with labeling standards, falsely claim to contain chicken, contain excess salt or use unhealthy packaging, he said.

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