• Ogata-mura, Akita

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Another big food-safety scandal has made news media headlines and worried millions of consumers. This time a cake factory has committed the unforgivable crime of using 60 liters of milk that had passed its expiration date by one day.

This demonstrates the Japanese news media’s sense of proportion and its ability to judge what is important and what is not. The expiration date on milk has clearly been set far on the safe side by the dairies to ensure that their milk tastes fresh. The expiration date on milk is clearly not dictated by safety.

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