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NAGOYA (Kyodo) Cracker makers in Aichi Prefecture have been passing off prawn crackers, a specialty of the town of Isshiki, as containing local shrimp when in fact they were made with lower-priced shrimp from elsewhere, including China, according to people familiar with the matter.

Three local confectioners have admitted to the allegation, saying they used shrimp from China and other regions at home and abroad to curb costs, and promoted them as using “fresh prawns caught in Mikawa Bay” on their Web sites.

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