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Whole Foods supplier recalls ramen noodles due to fire, burn hazards

Whole Foods Market Inc. said Dec. 13 its supplier Lotus Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 239,000 ramen noodle soup cups due to incorrect labels instructing consumers to cook the paper cup soup in a microwave, posing fire and burn hazards.

The supermarket chain, which is owned by Amazon.com Inc., said 12 incidents of the soup cups becoming extremely hot and/or sparking or catching fire in the microwave, including one report of a minor burn has been reported to Lotus Foods. The company added that reported damage has been limited to the soup cups.

The noodle soup cups were sold for about $2.50 in Whole Foods Market stores and other independent natural and specialty stores nationwide, Safeway Inc. stores in Northern California and online at Amazon.com and Lotusfoods.com from August to November this year.

The recalled soups were packaged in non-microwaveable paper cups, contained organic brown rice noodles and were sold in the red miso, masala curry, and tom yum flavors.

Whole Foods advised consumers to stop using the recalled soup cups immediately and to contact Lotus Foods for a replacement coupon.