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Media Statement: Possible instant noodle contamination

22 November 2021

Attention:  Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (the SAHRC or the Commission) has noted with concern, messages circulating on social media which claim that the possible contamination of popular children’s food item (colloquially known as ‘2 minute noodles’) is the result of tampering with the products by foreign nationals, described as illegal immigrants.

The Commission reminds the public that official sources, being the Department of Health and South African Police Services, are still investigating the possible contamination. At this stage there is no evidence to suggest any possible tampering or any link with foreign owned businesses. Should there be cause for concern, the authorities will communicate this.

The Commission notes that suggestions that the tragic deaths of 5 children in two different provinces are the result of revenge by foreign nationals are irresponsible and have no basis in fact. Until such time as the health authorities confirm the cause of the death of the 3 children in the Eastern Cape and the 2 children in Limpopo, and the police have traced the source of any contamination (should any contamination be found), the Commission urges communities across the country to remain vigilant against the irresponsible spread of any messages which attempt to link the deaths to any alleged revenge plot.

Health authorities have postulated a possible recall of the products concerned should the evidence indicate that this is required. Should you receive messages of this nature, please do not forward them and advise the sender of the message that this is unproven allegation and fake news.

The Commission will continue to monitor the media and engage with the authorities in regard to ensuring that factual information is made available to the public.  

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Issued by the South African Human Rights Commission
Gushwell Brooks – Communications Co-ordinator Tel: 082 645 8573 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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