A Japanese frozen food products company is in hot water right now as they are in a center of a food contamination scandal that may have caused more than 200 people across 32 prefectures to get sick after eating food products that may have been contaminated with pesticide. Aqlifoods Co., subsidiary of Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. had already recalled some of their frozen food products after complaints began to come in, and their own tests on random food samples showed signs of malathion – an industrial pesticide – contamination.
Because of this, Japanese police have been forced to inspect a food production plant of Aqlifoods. Around 50 police officers inspected the plant in Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture on Saturday. According to police data, there is suspicion that the malathion may have been intentionally and maliciously mixed into the food production process. The police began their inspection at 9 a.m. and finished around 7 p.m., with the officers questioning the employees involved in the process and inspecting each step of the production line.
Maruha Nichiro revealed on Monday that it had received around 455,000 phone calls from consumers since Dec. 29 — when Aqlifoods announced the recall of the tainted products — until this Sunday. All in all, the frozen foods company had recovered around 1.11 million units of food items products by Saturday. Still, that total is only around 17 percent of all the products covered under the recall – around 6.3 million packs of frozen food products, which include pizza, croquettes and deep-fried food.
[via Global Post]
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