Jul 25, 2014

Prosecutors seek 4½ years for Maruha food poisoner

Prosecutors sought on Friday a 4½-year prison term for the former contract worker who pleaded guilty to lacing frozen food with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture last year. Toshiki Abe, 49, was charged with obstructing the business of his former employer, Aqlifoods ...

Apr 9, 2014

Lax security made food poisoning easy: suspect

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security. “I was able to move back and forth between production lines and ...

Mar 7, 2014

Man indicted over frozen food poisoning at Maruha unit

Prosecutors indicted a 49-year-old man Friday on charges of criminal damage by allegedly injecting pesticide into frozen food products made at a Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. group plant in Gunma Prefecture. Toshiki Abe, a contract worker of Aqli Foods Corp., a Maruha Nichiro subsidiary, ...

Feb 11, 2014

Food safety measures fall short

The case of intentional food contamination by an employee at a subsidiary of Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. has exposed shortcomings in the product safety measures taken by Japanese food makers.

Maruha chief issues apology for tainted food

Jan 30, 2014

Maruha chief issues apology for tainted food

Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. President Toshio Kushiro apologizes for a food poisoning case involving one of its subsidiaries in which a factory worker has been arrested on suspicion of lacing frozen food products with pesticide.

Suspect told police how to poison food

Jan 27, 2014

Suspect told police how to poison food

Investigative sources said Monday that, prior to his arrest, a factory worker suspected of lacing frozen food with pesticide at a factory in the town of Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture, described to police how such an act could be carried out. Toshiki Abe, 49, was ...

Jan 26, 2014

Guarding against norovirus

Norovirus food poisoning is back this season, and the health ministry says the number of cases has been on the rise for the past 10 years. No drug or vaccine will weaken or kill norovirus. Hand-washing with soap is the best preventive.

Chinese court sentences 'gyoza' poisoner to life

Jan 20, 2014

Chinese court sentences 'gyoza' poisoner to life

A 39-year-old Chinese man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for lacing frozen “gyoza” dumplings with poison, causing 14 people in Japan and China to fall ill six years ago and triggering concerns over the safety of food imported from the fast-growing country. ...

Jan 16, 2014

Over 900 Shizuoka pupils suffer apparent food poisoning

More than 900 pupils at elementary schools in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, have fallen ill in a suspected outbreak of mass food poisoning, possibly norovirus, officials said Thursday. The number of students who reported vomiting and diarrhoea reached 905 by late Thursday at 14 elementary ...