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Qatar tests ramen noodle brand for pork products

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

With reporting from Riham Sheble

Qatar authorities are investigating a popular brand of fast-cooking noodles after Saudi Arabia took them off store shelves across the country because they contained pork products.

In a tweet, Qatar’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce said that it has confiscated samples of a food product here because it was found by a “neighboring country” to contain pork.

The noodles are now being tested locally, though don’t appear to have been recalled from the market.

https://twitter.com/MEC_QATAR/status/551431725868281858/

The brand was not identified, but from the photo in the tweet, appears to be of the Nissin Cup Noodles variety, of Japan.

The move comes after the Saudi Food and Drugs Authority (SFDA) said yesterday that it was investigating how the noodles were introduced into KSA’s market, even though the product’s clearance had been rejected.

In a statement, the SFDA added that the noodles were prohibited from entering the country because they contained pork derivatives, unauthorized artificial coloring and gelatin from unknown sources.

But the agency also did not identify the name of the product or its origins.

In the Gulf, the sale of pork products is usually strictly regulated, as Muslims are prohibited from eating anything derived from the animal.

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MarkDoha
MarkDoha
6 years ago

Oops, looks like someone has been telling porkies!

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago

Disgusting

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago

Far more delicious than disgusting though. Yum.

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago

Disgusting is relative.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

lmao at everyone jumping to defend their precious meat type,
He doesn’t like pork guys just deal with it

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Can I ask if he has ever tried it not to like it. To be correct he has been told not to like it. His, I guess, is a learned reaction. I accept it and he has every right to have it.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

A lot of people find food that is disgusting without ever wanting to try it first.

Smile
Smile
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Completely right Althani but i disagree with Saeed comment. I dislike many things, maybe some of those things u love dearly or precious to you. Could be a particular food, sport event, culture, clothing, a country, or even a particular religion. if i write here that particular thing is “disgusting”, how would you feel my friend?
I think we need to be very careful with choice of words we use when we comment and try all the time to control our emotion as adult.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Smile

Yes i agree, But the man found pork disgusting, I wouldn’t mind if someone said Biryani is disgusting ( cus it is ) or so-so about qatar they don’t like, That’s their opinion, But if someone comments in the wrong with an unfair biased assumption like ‘Qatar is full of idiots’ that’s when i feel the need to reply with dislike, Sorry for the sarcastic tone last comment :p

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

Does it really matter? How many Westerners would be willing to try dog meat? Have a lot of them tried it to know that they would not enjoy it?

Smile
Smile
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Absolutely right Saleem but i disagree with Saeed comment. I dislike many things, maybe some of those things u love dearly or precious to you. Could be a particular food, sport event, culture, clothing, a country, or even a particular religion. if i write here that particular thing is “disgusting”, how would you feel my friend?

toman
toman
6 years ago
Reply to  Smile

Write what you want about what you think is disgusting. Its just an opinion.

And yes pork and pigs are disgusting

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Smile

Sorry, if you told me my favorite foods are “disgusting” I would not really care, because it is your opinion, I don’t view my favorite foods as being an extension of myself.

MisterSandman
MisterSandman
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

Pedigree Chum was delicious… 🙂

Smile
Smile
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

I don’t need to try it to like it or hate it, i am no pork eater but Saeed comment is “Disgusting” …waiting for Saeed reply to me.

Smile
Smile
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Althani, very soon on this same webpage, someone would comment that something that you love or precious to you is “disgusting” and of course you will feel bad and counter comment or reply the person (chances are the person would be MIMH or DesertCard), and then they would reply u “We don’t like it, just deal with it”.
Look, i am no pork eater and don’t intend to eat pork ever, but your comment is not right my friend.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Smile

I’m sorry, I should really take account the love and preciousness they have for pork, That man that found pork disgusting is so offensive!

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I’m offended you call pork disgusting. That is against my beliefs and you have no right to hurt me with your words

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Seriously…. Those poor piggies have feelings too, no matter whether they are born as idiot pigs or not.

zero
zero
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

If that’s wat u think abt Muslims, wat r u doing in theirland then ?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  zero

I didn’t realise there are specific Muslim lands. I guess that means you also support Israel as a Jewish state.

We are all human, we should not create divisions

zero
zero
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Nuance! It is a stolen muslims ‘ land, we all are for chasing them from their
Admit that u adopt wrong fanatic islampphobic beliefs

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  zero

Errrr, I believe the Jews and other tribes lived there before the Muslim invasion. Do you know anything about history? The people of north Africa and the levant didn’t wake up one day and decide to become Muslims and north Africans and the people of the levant abandoned their own languages and started speaking Arabic.

History is full of conquest, invasion and subjugation of indigenous people. Look what happened in South America or do you believe they woke up one day and thought being catholic and speaking Spanish is a great idea…..

It you who are the xenophobe of all things not Muslim

zero
zero
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I can humbly say that I know more about north Africa than many and about north Africans 🙂
The people of north Africa the Berber are hard ons they didnt give their land snd it hasnt been concquestet, rather they embraced islam from the very early begining much before the troops went there, the troops fighted the romans there with the help of the muslim berbers, they still speak berbere in good partsvof north africa n are fervent defebders of islam despite devil human efforts…
In north afrca berbere culture is still strong in all aspects of life n people r proud of it werther they could be arabic or berbere speaking… Wen muslims went to north africa n everywhere where they reached they didnt kill people because they wewre of different religion no ! Otherwise they wouldnt be as much non arab muslims as there is nowadays…
Wen the spanish went to america n the english they tried their best to eradicate those non ressembling to them, now reduced to a tiny minority they seldom express their culture
By the way, history is heavy science not I n you believe… Arabs were there since the beginning n never left it

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  zero

Haha. How ridiculous. The first three hundred years of Islam and the various caliphates is about invasion and conquest. Winners rewrite history to make themselves look good. Look at persia, a majority Muslim country now but they put up fierce resistance against the muslim invaders but eventually lost. The peace the Muslims brought? Well they sold the women an children into slavery. Nice peace.

zero
zero
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Mecca n marina are the very specific Muslim lands

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  zero

Mecca was originally pagan and Jewish and had an Arab Jewish king at one point. The Muslim conquest of Mecca came later.

Please learn history

zero
zero
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Pagan yes but Jewish! I am afraid you r wrongly informed
Look! If u want to know abt Islam read Quran translation first, have a glance on prophetic Sunnis sayings as they r authentified, read history, have a trip to spain if u can afford, see with or eyes n feel with or heart, let or brain think instead of swallowing everything that comes to u just because it suits u.
Admitting the truth doesn’t mean embracing it don’t worry 🙂

samsad
samsad
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Haha…. someone really “invents” history…. well Jerusalem was ruled by Christians and Muslims for the whole time and jews only took over in the last century…. so please learn the “correct” history…. not your biased version

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  samsad

For the whole time? I guess English is not your first language. Rome ruled Jerusalem before that and what do you know about the Roman Gods? It was only later when Emperor Constaintine converted to Christianity did the Roman Empire follow suit but by then the capital of the Roman empire was in Constantinople not Rome.

The Romans also gave the name of Palestine to the land as well, after trying to wipe the Jews off the map following a Jewish rebellion against Roman rule. Humanity had a long history before the wars of Mohd and Omar extended muslim rule. Omar is a particularly favourite of mine and was an excellent general. It was him more than Mohd that spread Islam far and wide through conquest.

samsad
samsad
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I would like to ask you to do a whole big research about pig from which we get “pork” and tell me what is NOT disgusting about it….. or rather just tell atleast tell me the harms and usefulness of pork and which is more….

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  samsad

There is a saying that in food production the only thing wasted from the pig is the squeal. Everything else else is used in some way.

Sabz
Sabz
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

How is pork a belief? You can say you enjoy eating pork or you love pigs, that’s understandable. But now it’s a “belief”? I don’t get what you’re saying here unless you are simply trying to provoke the small-minded folk here who are constantly looking for any reason to fight.

Dawud Bryant
Dawud Bryant
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

You are what you eat

Smile
Smile
6 years ago

Saeed, i disagree with you. Although i never taste pork all my life.
Now, let us look at it this way – I dislike many things, maybe some of those things u love dearly or precious to you. Could be a particular food, sport event, culture, clothing, a country, or even a particular religion. if i write here that particular thing is “disgusting”, how would you feel my friend?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

My comment went missing…. Maybe the piggies ate it…

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Mine too.

Let me try again without links – the company claims its products are certified Halal. It’s a strange situation where the company claims its products are certified Halal, and the Saudi authorities now disagree. What am I missing?

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
6 years ago
Reply to  Andrew

Standards for what qualifies as ‘halal’ seem to vary widely, and I am certain that the Japanese understanding of such novelties is weak at best.

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago

I heard the pork-ness cooks out if you boil it for long enough.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

umm what

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago

Just a poor attempt at humor after all the fuss last week about a little red wine in some pasta sauce….

terracotta
terracotta
6 years ago

never bought those kind of stuffs anyway.

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago

Can anyone please tell me why Muslims cannot eat pork. Please don’t just say because we are told not to eat it. I am genuinely interested in the why.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

as far as i know the quran says dont eat it. but people have mentioned that pigs are just dirty animals that carry more crap then cows or other sources of meat. what convinced me is its proximity to human meat. so apparently we taste just like pork

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/what-does-human-meat-taste-like-9748706.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/29/what-does-human-taste-like_n_5233724.html

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago

I can accept this logic. Thanks. I thought that we were like chicken but can’t say that I have ever tried.

My2cents
My2cents
6 years ago
Reply to  Huzz

It was one of many laws from the Old Testament – I suspect for health reasons at the time – something about cloven hooves?I figure requiring it as an observance of faith was likely one of the best ways to insure some degree compliance for the benefit of public health. I have often wondered about the science as to why pork vs other livestock was singled out – but given the average living conditions of pigs (any number of colloquial sayings come to mind – “happier than a pig in ….”, etc. it’s not surprising. Even modern day pork production is a pretty nasty business…….

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  My2cents

Again I can accept this. I imagine that somewhere behind all the voodoo in religion of all sides there is / was a scientific reason not to eat it. The fact that pigs gravitate towards the sticky stuff comes from the fact that they cannot sweat so they keep cool this way. I could think of many other creatures that we could be told not to eat like rats for example.

Susan
Susan
6 years ago
Reply to  My2cents

Pigs don’t sweat (which is why they wallow in the mud, to cool themselves), and they’re not ruminants (grass eaters); instead they forage for their food (eating mushrooms and nuts/seeds — not necessarily garbage), so it didn’t make sense to promote raising them as livestock in this region and climate which is so very different from Europe where they originated. Ergo the prohibition against the animals is an economic/ecological one for the community so they do not waste resources. Cultural materialism folks!

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Don’t use logic and evidence, these people have read one book only and it confuses them…..

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  Susan

I like this Susan. Good angle.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

It’s all pretty pointless testing food for pork. The atoms of our solar system have been endless recycled. Atoms that made up pigs became other materials, even the atoms you breathe once were metabolized by pigs or their close relatives.

The fact we are all made up of star dust still rings true.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

by that logic we shouldnt test for $hit either, seeing as thats star dust 2. so lets all eat $hit

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Sounds like you’ve been eating at Ponderosa again…..

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

havent been in there for years thank god

sadam
sadam
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

I’m sorry what’s wrong with Ponderosa? do they serve fecal matter ?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I hope they don’t investigate this hero dog for pork meat….

R.D.H
R.D.H
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

*beefchop

Uwais
Uwais
6 years ago

the authorities must announce the brand publicly once its fount to contain such things as the consumers may have the stock of those…

Altaf Patel
Altaf Patel
6 years ago

Amaze that Qatar authority doesn’t make any declaration for public awareness.

zoeval
zoeval
6 years ago

Ah, such vigilance.

zero
zero
6 years ago

Interesting discuddion

zero
zero
6 years ago

It looks that dohanews has a certain category of readers…
To comeback to the conversation, I would like to emphasize that pork is a one of the dirtiest creatures if not the dirtiest of all either alive or dead..
Please, allow yourself the benefice of the doubt and go through a shallow researche about it and see.
Coming to the bbeliefs let me inform the Christians that pork is prohibited in the bible and Jesus never ate it
Also, saying that pork is disgusting has nothing to do with disrespecting others beliefs…

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  zero

Jesus might have not have ate pork as he was a Jew, but we just don’t know. How can you say he never ate it, where yo there?

zero
zero
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Really !!!thought gods do not change religions!
Well, bible says so, its good to have a glance at it rather than listening to pedophiles superstitions
Also, AlQuran the book with no mistakes , a proven impossible human made book, says so!
By the way, Jesus has never been Jewish but Israelite 🙂

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  zero

uh oh.. What have you started..

zero
zero
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

May Allah protect Qatar, its princes n its people from the bad.aamin

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  zero

May all the Gods protect Qatar.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  zero

What nonsense. Jesus was a Jew and following Judaism that’s what Jews are.

Koran was revised several times before it reached its present form. Check out the Saa’na manuscripts,the earliest versions of the Koran. You won’t like it as you don’t believe in evidence.

Not sure what paedophiles have to do with this unless you are referring to the priests and imams that are paedophiles

zero
zero
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Well one can look for every excuse he could make hischeartvm brain accept just to feel comfortable in not following the right path
There have always been only one Quran n it only came from Allah the one n unique lord who has no companion n no kids who doesn’t eat or drink thus doesn’t go to toilet
It got to us through the saint spirit angel Gabriel peace be upon him through prophet Mohammad peace n blessings be upon him
See the oldest version of the bible written in Aramaic in gold found in turkey
I wonder wat the priests would say abt it
Speaking abtbpedophile imams , if it does exist, this would defnetly be at a very low scale…their human needs r fulfilled 🙂

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  zero

You’re just joking with me now, no one seriously believes the stuff you wrote.

Have a good day!

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  zero

…..

Huzz
Huzz
6 years ago
Reply to  zero

I admire your dedication to your beliefs. I do not agree with you but it is an impressive dedication.

DW
DW
6 years ago
Reply to  zero

Pork is not a creature and Pig is one of the cleanest animal in the world. What makes us think/look pigs is the a dirty animal is the food/feeds they had been feeds to. Click to this link http://shareranks.com/12520,Cleanest-Animals

Lelouch D' Merci
Lelouch D' Merci
6 years ago

HAHAHA YOUR COMMENT WAS DELETED… OK THANKS FOR SHOWING THE MEANING OF THE WORD “ARROGANCE”

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Seems a lot of pork haters working for doha news as comments keep getting deleted.

Coco
Coco
6 years ago

Low on chicken, high on pork…Usually the “gar-gar” ones that are disgusted by pork would be the ones stuffing their faces on raw babies dipped in pork if they were starving. In case it wasn’t obvious (which I’m sure is the case) this was directed at the Khan’s of DN. I look forward to seeing Saeed and his buddies protest in front of QDC and closing it down…as I’m not here to get wasted and eat pork it wouldn’t affect me one bit but it would show me that virtual cojones are not all they have/are.

Sabre
Sabre
6 years ago

Thoughts? I believe a zero tolerance policy is applicable. Muslims assume all is ‘halal’ for them to consume in a muslim country. Everything that goes against that prerogative, should be treated with zero tolerance. The distribution chain as a whole should be fined and shut down to prevent repetition. I would go overboard with this ii I was in the qatari gov.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Sabre

Wow, that’s a lot of tolerance toy have got there. Maybe throw in a kill the unbelievers in your zero tolerance vow….

Sabre
Sabre
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

No need for that. Just setting the right example is enough.

Rob
Rob
6 years ago

One of my Mulsim friends has asked me to buy her some Peppa Pig stuff for her kids when I’m back in the UK, as you can’t get that here. Dumb dumb dumb.

There are some raving lunatics around. Take care out there.

Sabz
Sabz
6 years ago

In reading all the pointless arguments below, all I can remember is this quote: “Never do I debate a man with a desire to hear him err in his speech, or to expose the flaws in his argument, and thus vanquish him. Whenever I face an opponent in debate I silently supplicate, ‘O Lord, help him so that truth may manifest itself in his heart and on his tongue. If it be that the truth is on my side, may he follow me; If the truth is on his side, may I follow him” Imam Shafee

On another note, whether or not pork is “disgusting” is irrelevant. The point here is that practicing Muslims and Jews do not eat any pig products. It is prohibited by our faith and we choose to follow what we believe to be God’s decision. Therefore, if these products which are claiming to be halal do in fact have pork products then of course it needs to be removed from the shelves. If it doesn’t, I applaud Qatar’s officials for caring enough to check anyway. That’s my two cents and unless you have something of value to add to this comment, I’m not interested in hearing personal opinions.

Dawud Bryant
Dawud Bryant
6 years ago

This is a common issue in Qatar and the muslim world. Also, many foods here are imported from the uk and u.s and contain haraam ingredients as they are from animals that have been slaughtered by non muslims or even from companies that claim to be halal but they dont slaughter the animal 100% in accordance with the rules of islamic slaughter. I tried emailing the correct qatari authorities but their given email address no longer works. Just as when im in england, even when in qatar i check the ingredients as many e numbers in foods shipped from abroad are haraam. Islamically this means the salaah and dua of the muslims in qatar isnt accepted and we will have no barakah. On yawmul qiyaamah the first thing we will be questioned on is our salaah. If they werent accepted because we didnt care enough to check if what we eat is haraam then we will go straight to jahannam.

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