FDA bans sale of pepper powder from Hampyeong

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FDA bans sale of pepper powder from Hampyeong

The Korea Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of red pepper powder manufactured in Hampyeong, South Jeolla, after traces of EPN, a type of pesticide forbidden on edible plants, were found.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government confirmed the finding during an investigation of kimchi ingredients last month, conducted to protect the many households that make large volumes of kimchi before the winter.

EPN was banned for use on edible plants by the Rural Development Administration last December.

The FDA is asking consumers to return the products. The controversial packages have expiration dates of Aug. 30.

Last Monday, the FDA also banned the sale of pepper powder manufactured by CJ Cheil Jedang and Yeongyang F&S and recalled the products after traces of toxic pesticides were found.

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