Apr 10, 2017

Infant botulism claims 6-month-old Tokyo boy who was fed honey

A 6-month-old boy in Adachi Ward, Tokyo, died late last month of infant botulism after his family fed him honey, according to the metropolitan government. Metropolitan officials said it was the first death caused by infant botulism in Japan since 1986, when the government ...

/ Dec 21, 2016

Norovirus sickens 49 at glitzy Ginza eatery Bulgari

A luxury restaurant in the upscale Ginza district in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward has been hit by food poisoning caused by norovirus, with 49 people experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Tuesday. The affected people were among 138 participants ...

Oct 21, 2014

Market's 'bento' leave 33 sick in Aichi

Thirty-three people showed symptoms of food poisoning after eating boxed lunches made at a supermarket in Seto, Aichi Prefecture, the prefectural government said. Officials ordered the Shinsen Ichiba Iseya supermarket to suspend operations on Monday after the cases came to light. Participants at a ...

Poisonous mushrooms sold at Shiga rest stop sicken two

Sep 22, 2014

Poisonous mushrooms sold at Shiga rest stop sicken two

Poisonous mushrooms sold at a highway rest area in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, left at least two people with food poisoning, the Shiga Prefectural Government said. The vendor of the poisonous mushrooms, called “tsukiyotake” (moonlight mushrooms), mistook them as edible “hiratake” (oyster mushrooms), Shiga public ...

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.