The president of Maruha Nichiro Holdings apologized for the food poisoning case that has affected more than 2,800 people in Japan. The employee suspected to be responsible for the incident has also admitted to poisoning the food items as revenge for the perceived unfair treatment he received at work.
Toshio Kushiro said at the general shareholders meeting on Thursday, “I apologize for the huge anxiety and annoyance caused to consumers.” Several people who attended the meeting also questioned what the company will do in order to improve labor conditions and ensuring food safety at the factory. Kushiro shared that they will be imposing stricter controls in the production process while at the same time improving how they will handle crisis like this. They will be setting up a third-party panel that will come up with measures to prevent something like this from happening again. Kushiro and the president of the subsidiary Aqlifoods Co., Yutaka Tanabe, will be resigning at the end of March to take responsibility for the whole incident.
Meanwhile, the factory worker who was arrested on suspicion of poisoning the four frozen food products, 49-year-old Toshiki Abe, has finally admitted to putting pesticide on the items. At first he denied the allegations, but eventually claimed he was unhappy with the way the company was treating him, leading him to take revenge by contaminating the food items. Aqlifoods has recalled more than 6.4 million products including frozen pizzas and croquettes.
[ via Mainichi ]