A man committed suicide Thursday due to his apparent involvement in the contamination of a confectionery manufacturer’s product, police said. The Fukuoka prefectural government detected a large amount of toxic fenitrothion (insecticide) in a mochi (rice cake) product made last month. The product, Enmochi, was made by MochiKichi, a confectionery company based in Fukuoka.
The man, in his 40s, was found dead in the mountains of Iizuka City Thursday afternoon. He was responsible for overseeing the production line at MochiKichi, and implied he was involved, in a fax sent Thursday morning, which said “I didn’t think the problem would become this big. I had absolutely no intention of killing anyone.”
Police are in the process of confirming his involvement in the contamination© Wire reports