A rice wholesaler based in Mie Prefecture and its affiliates have been accused of perpetrating Japan's largest ever case of rice mislabeling, in an attempt to sell foreign rice as domestic product.
According to police, premises belonging to the Yokkaichi-based wholesaler Mitaki Shoji and its affiliates were raided and searched by police on Thursday. TBS reported that the company is accused of breaching the Japanese Agricultural Standards law by repackaging rice grown in China and the U.S. in an attempt to pass it off as domestic product. It is also accused of attempting to deceive buyers by lying about the quality of its rice.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said the company is believed to have been deceiving its buyers for around three years. During that time, it is estimated to have sold around 4,386 tons of mislabeled rice, making it the largest such case in Japanese history.© Japan Today