Tag - food-safety



Japan Times
Feb 7, 2019
Japan sushi chain worker uploads video of fish's journey from trash can to cutting board in Osaka
The operator of one of Japan's largest sushi restaurant chains said Wednesday that video footage recently uploaded to the internet showed one of its part-time kitchen workers throwing sliced fish into a trash can and then returning it to a cutting board at an outlet in Osaka Prefecture.
Japan Times
Jan 22, 2019
A decade later, China's lethal infant milk scandal leaves a legacy of distrust
More than a decade after tainted infant milk powder in China killed six children and exposed institutional neglect of food safety, Chinese parents still don't trust local companies to feed their babies.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2018
Hong Kong mulls partial relaxation of post-Fukushima food import ban
The Hong Kong government has proposed a relaxation of its ban on food imports from four of the five Japanese prefectures on which it was imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, according to a legislative paper released Tuesday.
Mar 17, 2017
Muji Shanghai shops cleared of unsafe food claims lodged by show
Shanghai government inspectors said they found no evidence to support a Chinese television show's claim that Muji retail stores in the city stocked food imported from areas of Japan allegedly contaminated by radiation. The CCTV show allegations dragged the chain's stock down Thursday in Tokyo.
Feb 19, 2017
Fukushima peach exports recover in Southeast Asia, sparking hope for other produce
Fukushima peaches are making inroads into Southeast Asian markets in what prefectural officials see as a model case of recovery in its farm produce.
Oct 27, 2016
Taiwan looks to ease Fukushima-linked curbs on Japan food products
Taiwan is considering phasing out restrictions on the import of food products from five Japanese prefectures banned in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima reactor meltdowns.
Japan Times
Mar 10, 2016
Fukushima researcher says region still 'stigmatized' by 2011 disaster
Hiroshi Kainuma thinks a lot about Fukushima. He's written a number of books and held hundreds of lectures on the crisis since 2012, but these days, he's concerned with the public's perception of his hometown.
Japan Times
Jun 12, 2015
Raw pork liver fans say goodbye to banned sashimi
Fans of raw pork liver savored their last chance to taste the dish on Thursday night as they expressed mixed feelings on the arrival of a new food safety regulation Friday that bans eateries from serving pork sashimi.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2015
Sales resume for popular noodles halted by food-safety scare
A popular brand of instant noodles that was supposed to be back on store shelves Monday following a food safety scandal actually resumed sales a day earlier at some stores, surprising hard-core fans.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 3, 2015
McDonald's Japan to allow children to cook burgers in its kitchens
Money-losing McDonald's Japan said Wednesday it will try to regain customer confidence in their products by allowing children and their parents to cook burgers in its kitchens under the instruction of its staff.
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 2, 2015
South Korea agrees to WTO consultations on Fukushima-based import restrictions
Under an international trade dispute settlement system, South Korea has agreed to discuss its import restrictions on Japanese fishery products following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, farm minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Tuesday.
Japan Times
May 29, 2015
Gulf spill veteran offers fishing advice to Tohoku
Traceability was key to easing consumer fears after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and that could offer Tohoku's struggling fishermen a way to deal with the Fukushima nuclear disaster, says the Texas fisherman who took the initiative in introducing the system.
May 27, 2015
New food labeling requires care
Consumers must remember that the government does not guarantee the effects and safety of food products certified as having enhanced health-boosting properties.
Japan Times
May 17, 2015
Despite rumors, Fukushima food safety concerns ease inside prefecture
Some 78.1 percent of Fukushima residents bought local food goods in fiscal 2014 rather than produce harvested in other prefectures, up about 10 percentage points from the year before, a survey conducted by the prefectural consumers' group association shows.
Jan 8, 2015
Metal fry fragment accusation joins list of McDonald's woes
As McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) reels from a string of food safety incidents, authorities in Kagoshima Prefecture revealed Thursday they a report was received in August last year about a metal fragment found in french fries sold at one of the burger chain's stores.
Jan 6, 2015
Another foreign object turns up in McDonald's chicken nugget, this time in Tokyo
Chicken nugget woes are apparently expanding at McDonald's Japan outlets, as the chain has admitted another incident in which an inedible object was found in a nugget, this time at a shop in Tokyo, NHK and other media reported Tuesday.
Sep 12, 2014
Taiwan says unsafe 'gutter oil' products did not enter Japan
Japan did not import any products made with the "gutter oil" raising growing concern about food safety in Taiwan, the island's health authorities said Friday.
Aug 7, 2014
No evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, China claims
An ongoing investigation into the food safety scandal that hit several popular fast-food chains last month has uncovered no evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, Chinese food safety regulators told their Japanese counterparts Wednesday in Beijing.
Aug 5, 2014
Japan, China eye meeting over food safety this month
The Japanese and Chinese governments are making preparations to hold a working-level meeting on food safety later this month in light of a recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, Japanese government sources said Monday.
Japan Times
Aug 2, 2014
Fast-food follies have media in a frenzy
Almost exactly a year ago (on July 27, 2013), this column reported on how the print media was inundated with concerns over the safety of foods from abroad. Among the sources cited was Takarajima magazine, which quoted a foodstuffs importer as saying, "The decline of morals due to the pursuit of profits...


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