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Nearly 500 in Japan Say China Dumpling Food Made Them Ill

Posted by Author on February 1, 2008

By MarketWatch, Jan 31, 2008-

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Nearly 500 in Japan had filed reports of sickness with local health departments after eating food products imported from China allegedly tainted with insecticide, as a recall of Chinese-made products broadened, according to published reports.

The number of claims was 494 in 38 prefectures as of Thursday afternoon, the Nikkei reported on its Web site in a report dated Friday.

Frozen dumplings imported from Chinese firm Tianyang Food were found to contain the insecticide methamidophos, causing at least 10 cases of illness as of Wednesday, reports said.

JT Food, a Tokyo-based subsidiary of Japan Tobacco Inc. (JP:2914: news, chart, profile) , on Wednesday recalled 23 frozen-food products, including pork and vegetarian dumplings — commonly called “gyoza” in Japan and “potstickers” in the U.S. — and pork cutlets produced by Tianyang Shipin, according to news reports.

Police found traces of methamidophos inside the packaging for the dumplings and in samples of food the victims had not yet consumed. Methamidophos is a common pesticide used in China, but the chemical is banned in Japan, the reports said.

Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry reportedly requested that JT Food stop importing frozen products from the Chinese company.

Katokichi (JP:2873: news, chart, profile) , Ezaki Glico (JP:2206: news, chart, profile) and Nippon Meat Packers (JP:2282: news, chart, profile) also recalled frozen pork products from China, reports said.

Japan’s Health Ministry reportedly said at least 10 people in Hyogo and Chiba prefectures reportedly suffered episodes of dizziness, diarrhea and vomiting after eating Tezutsumi Hitokuchi Gyoza and Tezukuri Gyoza made by the Chinese factory.

A 5-year-old girl in Ichikawa, Chiba prefecture, was listed in serious condition after losing consciousness after consuming the dumplings, according to Japanese media reports

original report from MarketWatch

Posted in Asia, Business, China, Economy, Food, Health, Japan, Life, Made in China, News, People, products, Tainted Products, World | 1 Comment »

China Dumpling Foods Recalled In Japan For Containing Pesticide, 10 People Fall Ill

Posted by Author on January 31, 2008

By Chisa Fujioka, Reuters, Wed Jan 30, 2008-

TOKYO, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Japanese food companies recalled foods sourced from a factory in China on Wednesday after dumplings contaminated with pesticide sickened 10 people in the latest safety scare involving Chinese products.

Japan Tobacco Inc (2914.T: Quote, Profile, Research) said its subsidiary, JT Foods Co., would recall the frozen dumplings and other food made at the same Chinese factory, as television broadcasters flashed warnings to viewers not to eat the products.

“If anyone has the product, we ask you not to eat it and to send it back to us,” Mutsuo Iwai, Japan Tobacco’s executive vice president, told a news conference which some television broadcasters aired live.

The dumplings are distributed by JT Foods under the “JT” and “CO-OP” brand names only in Japan, though the company was unaware if the factory in China exported food to other countries.

A family of five that ate the dumplings was still in hospital, including a five-year-old girl who had at one point been in critical condition, a Health Ministry official said.

China was hit by a series of food safety scares last year, though officials have said they are adopting new technology and tighter laws to try to ensure safe food both at home and in exports.

Police found pesticide in the dumplings though it was not clear whether the dish, popular with children, had been contaminated with the chemicals in China or in Japan, the official said.

“We have sent information to China and we are asking for their cooperation in investigating the situation,” he said.

Asked how the Japanese government would deal with the situation, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said: “I feel sorry for those who have been affected,” and added that relevant ministries would tackle the problem.

Japan has not been immune to its own food scares. A number of Japanese confectioners admitted last year to having mislabelled production and expiry dates for cookies and rice cakes.

No widespread health hazards, however, have hit the country since more than 10,000 people suffered food poisoning after drinking tainted milk in 2000.

A spokeswoman for Japan Tobacco, the world’s third-largest cigarette maker, declined to comment on how the recall would impact on its food business, which accounts for only about 5 percent of the company’s sales.

The recalled products are worth 2.4 billion yen ($22.44 million) in annual sales, she said. The former state monoply has been trying to reduce its dependence on domestic tobacco sales and sees its food business as one driver of future growth.

Another subsidiary of Japan Tobacco, Katokichi Co Ltd (2873.T: Quote, Profile, Research), said it would recall frozen foods made at the same Chinese factory, but as a protective measure, not because it had found anyone ill.

Ajinomoto (2802.T: Quote, Profile, Research), another food company, said it would recall Korean-style foods including fried rice made with flavoured meat sourced from the same factory.

– Original report from Reuters: Japan firms recall China foods after 10 fall ill

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Japan omits China, asks Asian Democracies to Unite

Posted by Author on August 23, 2007

Reuters, Via Yahoo News, August 22, 2007-

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Wednesday for a “broader Asia” partnership of democracies that would include India, the United States and Australia but leave out the region’s superpower, China.

Abe’s comments came in an address to a joint session of India’s parliament, at the start of a high-profile visit that aims to boost trade between Asia’s largest and third largest economies and counter China’s growing strength.

About 200 businessmen are accompanying Abe on the visit.

“This partnership is an association in which we share fundamental values such as freedom, democracy and respect for basic human rights as well as strategic interests,” Abe told lawmakers and diplomats in a speech that did not name China.

“By Japan and India coming together in this way, this ‘broader Asia’ will evolve into an immense network spanning the entirety of the Pacific Ocean, incorporating the United States of America and Australia.”

While Abe has improved ties with China, which had frayed under his predecessor, he has also stressed the need to forge closer links with democracies in what analysts have said was a tacit criticism of Beijing.

Tokyo has sought to build closer security ties with the United States, Australia and India, and its navy is due to take part for the first time in joint U.S.-India exercises to be held in the Bay of Bengal next month.

But in a sign that New Delhi was keen not to upset China — which is likely to soon be its biggest trade partner — Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon warned on Monday against a “zero sum game” with Beijing.

The trip, however, was not just about politics.

India was using the visit to woo much-needed investment to build infrastructure projects from transport to nuclear power.

The sheer size of the Japanese business delegation — outstripping a recent Abe trip to the Middle East — testified to the importance of business ties…… ( more details from Reuters via Yahoo News)

Posted in Asia, China, India, Japan, military, News, Official, People, Politics, World | 3 Comments »