Pasco Shikishima recalls 445,000 packs of confectionery


Major bakery Pasco Shikishima Corp. said Tuesday it is recalling 445,000 packets of confectionery due to a smell of chlorine detected in bean paste.

A chemical substance was found in sweet bean paste during an in-house investigation conducted after a customer complained about the smell Dec. 31.

The substance “has no health impact when consumed,” a company official said.

Pasco Shikishima said it will offer refunds.

Subject to the recall are 14 items totaling some 380,000 packets, including Nagoya, which the Nagoya-based company sold as a specialty of the city, as well as some 65,000 packets of Haru no Sai Japanese-style sweets for sale exclusively around the turn of the year.

The products were manufactured at a plant in the city of Kariya, Aichi Prefecture, from Dec. 23 to 30 and sold in many areas in Japan, excluding Hokkaido, Kyushu and Okinawa.

Because the substance with the smell of chlorine was also detected in U.S.-grown navy beans used as an ingredient for the bean paste, the company believes that the substance was not mixed in during the manufacturing process, an official said.