A woman in Tochigi prefecture found a cricket in packaged meat and potatoes for babies last month, Asahi Group Holdings, which owns baby food giant Wakodo, admitted on Wednesday.
The woman purchased the product, which was packaged in a retort-pouch style, in a drug store in the city of Utsunomiya in December, the parent company and a local health care center said.
She noticed the presence of the bug, about 7 millimeters long, while serving the food on a plate, the sources added.
The product, sold by Wakodo, was manufactured at a plant in the city of Kazo, Saitama Prefecture, in July last year.
Asahi Holdings said it will probe the cause of the mishap, including whether the bug got into the potatoes during the manufacturing process, before deciding what the next step will be. So far, it hasn’t declared a recall.