Asian noodle law under scrutiny

August 28, 2009 7:20:36 PM PDT
There is a move in Sacramento to change state regulations covering the production of Asian rice noodles.

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State Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco will introduce legislation to amend current regulations requiring such foods be kept hot or cold.

Asian rice noodles are meant to be kept at room temperature. Health inspectors have cited manufacturers for violating standards.

"The regulation would require that you put these rice noodles in refrigeration while you are delivering these products to restaurants, to food stores, to other places; if you were to do that, you would basically destroy the characteristic of this particualr rice noodle and basically makes it nonedible," Yee said.

Chef Martin Yan and others support the change. There have been no reports of illness and independent tests have verified the preparation is not harmful.

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