Source of Article: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20090124TDY02310.htm
Satoshi Saeki and Toru Makinoda / Yomiuri Shimbun Correspondents
BEIJING--A large amount of Chinese-made frozen gyoza dumplings, which were recalled following the revelation in Japan of food poisoning cases caused by the chemical-tainted products in January last year, have been sold to several steel manufacturers in China, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Friday.
According to sources close to the issue, employees at
the manufacturers in
Other sources said that four victims of food poisoning
In January 2008, it was learned that 10 people from
three families in
The latest revelation suggests the gyoza in question was mishandled as the products were distributed widely even after the revelation of food poisonings.
According to employees at Tangshan Iron and Steel, based in Tangshan in the province, the frozen gyoza were distributed for free by the company as part of employee benefit programs in about May last year.
Workers said that of the company's 7,000 to 8,000 regular employees, the product was mainly distributed to night-shift workers, who received between two to four packages of "Chuka de Gochiso Hitokuchi Gyoza" (delicious Chinese-style bite-size gyoza), the same product produced by Tianyang Food that caused food poisoning in Japan.
The Yomiuri Shimbun confirmed
the packaging of the distributed product in the city, but that the base color
of the packaging was black, which is different from those sold in
According to Japan Tobacco Inc., a parent company of JT
Foods Co., which imported the product into
JT Foods had planned to sell the product in
The products in question have the use-by date of April 6, 2009. Counting back from this date, the products probably were produced in about Jan. 6, 2008, and were apparently were kept by Tianyang Food.
While many employees at the company are believed to have eaten the tainted gyoza, no cases concerning health damage caused by the product, such as food poisoning, have been reported.
Meanwhile, Handan Iron and Steel, based in
Also, an employee at Chengde Iron and Steel said the product sold at the company was labeled "Chuka de Gochiso Hitokuchi Gyoza." The product was sold at four employee dining halls near the company building, and that lines had formed to buy the gyoza, according to the employee.
However, the company suddenly started recalling the remaining gyoza one or two months later, and the company did not mention any food poisonings related to the product, the employee said.
According to other sources, it is common in
Japan Tobacco said its contract with Tianyang Food gives it the proprietary right over the products to JT when the product clears Japanese customs.
(Jan. 24, 2009)
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