Two men in Fukushima Prefecture have been arrested for relabeling spring onions grown in the prefecture to conceal their point of origin.
According to police, the men, who work for a food wholesaler based in Miharu, are accused of falsely labeling the onions to indicate that they were grown in Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures, TBS reported Wednesday.
Police said the men first began selling the onions to schools and elderly care homes last January. Around 31 transactions have been discovered so far. The men claim the produce was tested for radiation before being shipped and was found to be within acceptable limits, according to TBS.
The men were charged with obtaining money by deception. They released a joint statement through their lawyers in which they said they were unable to meet demand for vegetables grown outside Fukushima Prefecture. They also apologized to those affected, particularly children.© Japan Today