Snow Brand Milk Products Co. said Wednesday it will resume sales of low-fat and calcium-enriched milk made at its Osaka plant, the source of a recent food-poisoning scandal.
The dairy product maker, whose sales have plunged in the wake of the scandal, said it had received requests from customers to resume sales of its “Mainichi Honebuto” series of products.
“Although the safety of our products has been confirmed, we have so far halted sales out of consideration for the people who have suffered food poisoning. However, we received requests to resume sales of our products that are popular as calcium supplements,” a company official said.
The range of products will have the same name and packaging as before but will contain 1.2 times more milk than before the poisoning scandal.
In early July, the city of Osaka’s public health center ordered a recall for products made at Snow Brand’s Osaka plant. On July 12, Snow Brand stopped production of milk-related products at all its 21 milk-processing plants.
More than 14,500 people in western Japan fell ill in June and early July due to food poisoning believed to have been caused by unhygienic conditions at the Osaka plant.
Meanwhile, Snow Brand has begun recalling ham products after a customer reported finding a bug in a package of ham.
Subject to the recall are 3,680 packages of high-quality sliced ham, the Tokyo-based meatpacker said.
According to Snow Brand’s announcement, a consumer in Higashi Osaka found a bug Monday in a package bought Aug. 27. The finding was immediately reported to the local public health center.
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