Executives of food maker Maruha Nichiro Inc have apologized after pesticide was found in some of its frozen food lines made by its subsidiary Aqli Foods Corp at its plant in Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture.
On Monday, Maruha began recalling 6.3 million packs of frozen food products, including pizzas and croquettes, after traces of the agricultural pesticide malathion were found in them.
The company became aware of the problem after consumers returned products to retail outlets, complaining of a nauseous smell. There have been no reports of anyone falling ill because of the pesticide, police said.
Company officials said at a news conference they were as yet unable to determine how the pesticide got into the frozen food, TBS reported.
Gunma prefectural government health officials on Monday inspected the Aqli Foods plant to see if the company has violated the food sanitation law.
Police said they are also considering the possibility that the insecticide may have been placed in the production process intentionally, TBS reported.© Japan Today