Profeco explains how instant soups deceive you: they have neither vegetables nor meat

Mexico City, (however). They are known from the genericmaruchan“Even if it is Instant soup. A few days ago, the Federal Consumer Protection Office (prophet) announced that it would retire three brands and today explains why in Consumer magazine. In short: they cheat. They say they bring chicken or veggies and in the photo it all looks so tasty and healthy, but that’s not the case. They are what they are: calories, sodium, sugar, salt, flour, artificial flavors and colors.

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This morning, before President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the prosecutor Ricardo Sheffield Padilla gave some details on the contents of the instant soups. “She Says she has the vegetables, you can see on the Consumer magazine the piece of vegetables he has, which is 0.8 grams. It adapts to the tip of the nail. Of course, in the photo it comes with peas, carrots, all as if it were very healthy, “he insisted.

The Profeco manager commented that 129,000 937 units of instant soups were withdrawn in this quality study, corresponding to 12 products from nine different brands. However, he stressed that in different media “fake news”By not correctly informing which brands would be withdrawn from Mexican trade.

The Consumer magazine He adds that a total of 33 brands of instant soups – contained in a glass, bowl or sachet, as well as quick-cook noodle soups – were analyzed with a total of 363 tests.

The ingredients contained in these products can be wheat flour, seasonings, sauces, vegetables, meat extracts, cheese and tomatoes. They also often contain flavor enhancers (which make the tongue more receptive to strong, salty flavors) such as monosodium glutamate, inosinate, sodium guanylate, yeast extract, and hydrolyzed soy protein.

Some of the products also contain sucrose (table sugar), glucose, fructose and / or lactose.

All evaluated products have a high sodium content, according to the Profeco study. Photo: Prophet.

In the production process they are cooked, so that once prepared they provide water, carbohydrates, proteins, fats and sodium. In the case of fat, Profeco pointed out that most manufacturers add vegetable oils, but there are products that also contain milk cheesecloths, cheese and chicken fat.

Some of the brands analyzed that are presented in a glass or bowl are the following: J-Baskest, with a retail price of 84 pesos (the highest in the entire study by the Prosecutor’s Office); Maruchan (Bowl, Instant Lunch, Yakisoba, Excellent) with prices between 10 and 25 pesos; Knorr instant and easy preparation, with costs between 15 and 30 pesos; Nissin (Cup noodles, Maki Nissin, Pasta UFO) with prices between 10 and 20 pesos; Nongshim with a cost of 38 pesos; Ottogi Jin Ramen Mild, 22 pesos per container; Udon, at 42 pesos per package; Kraft Macaron and Cheese, at 21 pesos; and La Moderna Ya !, for 20 pesos.

Although Profeco has indicated that all brands live up to the serving-per-container they promise, the products mentioned have a high sodium content (greater than 230 milligrams per 100 grams of product).

In the case of ramen or oriental noodle soups, the Sheffield Padilla unit covered nine brands: Buldak Cheese, Chikara Udon, Maruchan Ramen, Nissin, Myojo, Ottogi Ramyon and Sapporo.

Ricardo Sheffield, head of Profeco, pointed out in the morning that Ramen Maruchan claims to have vegetables, but this ingredient contains only 0.0085. Photo: Prophet.

Buldak Cheese was even pointed to as an example by the Attorney General, who commented that it contains misleading advertising.

“A soup we collect is called Buldac Cheese, which is all in Chinese and English, which claims to have cheese and chicken, and has no but no cheese or chicken, it’s misleading advertising. The person may buy it thinking that some chicken picking is not even on the way, but it has no trace of chicken. Now we have more chicken kissing a chicken than with that soup “, he exposed the” morning “of this October 4th.

In this sense, the Consumer magazine he elaborates that it is the product that contains the most fats, carbohydrates and kilocalories per 100 grams of prepared product. It also features a cartoon character (no longer allowed in Mexico for low-nutritional products) “which it shouldn’t, as it has the EXCESS SATURATED FAT AND EXCESS SODIUM seals.”

Profeco pointed out that brands that do not meet any standards will be fined. Photo: Prophet.

For this type of soup, Profeco pointed out that Chikara Udon, Myojo and Sapporo also do not respect the labeling standard by not putting the instructions in Spanish and not showing the nutritional information.

The attorney general’s office also included easy-to-make noodle soups in his office. In this section he analyzed two products of the Great Value brand (noodle soup and chicken noodles), two of Knorr (noodles with chicken and chilli and lemon noodles), noodles from La Moderna, noodles with chicken from Maggi and Selecto noodle soup Brand.

The latter was the one with the fattest of the products analyzed, in addition to the fact that it does not comply with the labeling rule by not indicating the total energy content of the container, only for every 100 grams of product.

In the study’s conclusions, the Consumer magazine He stated that Knorr does not report caloric content and contains added sugars which he does not state in the nutrition information; that Maruchan Ramen claims to have veggies but only contains 0.0085 grams of veggies.

Styrofoam containers should not be placed in the microwave, as they release toxic substances that fall on the food. Photo: Prophet.

J-Basket, Buldak Cheese and Chikara Udon not only do not adhere to proper labeling, but they also don’t have instructions in Spanish.

Udon is the soup that has the most warning stamps, with five of them.

Profeco also said that most of the soups contain very little or no amount of vegetables or meat products, despite being advertised on the packaging.

As Sheffield announced at the Mexican President’s conference, Maruchan Instant Lunch (best known presentation of this brand) and Nissin Cup Noodles are packaged in Styrofoam cups, so they should not be prepared in the microwave as this material pours toxic substances into the product. which will then be ingested. However, none of the brands report this notice in a way that is visible and understandable to the consumer.

Photo: Prophet.

In the breakdown of the conclusions, it was also highlighted that

Finally, Profeco stated in the study that all the trademarks it contains that present at least one “fault” are entitled to an administrative offense.