An Aichi Prefecture waste disposal company accused of selling beef cutlets that were supposed to be thrown away may also have been illegally selling expired food from convenience stores and other retailers, police said.
The scandal surfaced last week when popular curry chain CoCo Inchibanya Co revealed that Daiko, a disposal company it had contracted with to dispose packages of frozen beef cutlets that may have included plastic pieces, was selling the frozen food instead of disposing it, Fuji TV reported.
A large amount of the frozen cutlets are presumed to have been sold to Munoru Fuzu, a food distributor based in Hashima, Gifu Prefecture, for the purposes of resale. It is believed that the majority of the food was sold to supermarkets and other stores.
The scandal prompted police in both Aichi and Gifu prefectures to launch an investigation into Daiko for possible violations of Japan’s food sanitary and waste disposal laws.
According to police, apart from the beef cutlets, investigators found 108 additional food products at Minori Fuzu’s headquarters, including fried chicken from convenience store chain Lawson, sausages from major retailer Aeon, chicken from Family Mart and pork meat products from Seven & i Holdings Co., the operator of convenience store chain Seven-Eleven.
The majority of these products were far past their best-before expiration date, police said. Police believe that these foods were also resold by Daiko, instead of being disposed of, and are currently investigating the case in cooperation with all involved companies.© Japan Today