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Store sold inedible gourd seedlings as being safe to eat

Jul 14, 2014

Store sold inedible gourd seedlings as being safe to eat

Decorative calabash gourd seedlings sold at stores nationwide were mislabeled "for edible use," Royal Home Center Co., run by the Daiwa House Industry Co., said. The mistake came to light after someone in Nara Prefecture was hospitalized after coming down with symptoms of food poisoning, ...

Nov 19, 2013

Consumer body wants local-level food scrutiny

Responding to recent food frauds committed by hotel and department store operators, the Consumer Affairs Agency is aiming to amend the products labeling law to let prefectures issue improvement orders to businesses that violate the law, government sources said Monday. Under the existing Act Against ...

More businesses admit misrepresenting menu items

Nov 5, 2013

More businesses admit misrepresenting menu items

Major department store chains Takashimaya Co. and Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co. separately said Tuesday that some of their restaurants and stores misrepresented items on their menus, becoming the latest in a string of companies to own up to food fraud. Takashimaya said the misrepresentations ...

Nov 5, 2013

Chef declines 'role model' medal

In light of the food mislabeling scandal at Hankyu Hanshin Hotels Co., the head chef of the company's Chinese food division declined a Medal of Honor from the government he was soon to receive, company sources said. The sources quoted Seiji Oishi, 63, as saying ...

Hotel's misleading menus leave bad taste

Oct 29, 2013

Hotel's misleading menus leave bad taste

Hankyu Hanshin Hotels Co., under fire for deceiving consumers by misrepresenting items on its menus, is drawing sympathy from some in the food and hotel industries. According to people involved in the food service industry, false advertising of this kind "happens quite often, and the ...