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article imageHigh level of pesticides found in frozen food products of Japan

By Sheetal Patel     Jan 8, 2014 in Food
Several people in Japan have fallen sick after consuming frozen food products contaminated with high amounts of pesticide.
People have reported vomiting, diarrhoea and other symptoms of food poisoning after eating food products manufactured by Maruha Nichiro Holdings, Inc. one of Japan’s top seafood producer company.
The company have received high number of phone calls from consumer in connection with the incident, including complaints from customers.
It has recalled about 6.4 million frozen food packages on Dec 29 due to high level of malathion, a pesticide.
Malathioin is an insecticide. There are several products containing Malathion which are used by agricultural departments. It is also used in some special shampoos for treating lice as per National Pesticide Information Center.
Maruha issued formal apology and appealed to consumers not to eat any of the affected product.
The total number of people affected is unclear; however, the health ministry has confirmed 556 people suffered from diarrhoea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
As per the public broadcaster NHK World, almost 1,700 people were reported to have fallen sick after consumption of food tainted with pesticide, which included pizza and chicken nuggets.
At present police are investigating the cause for the pesticide contamination which was at 2.6 million times the permitted level.
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