Tainted rice likely sold in mixture with regular rice

(Mainichi Japan) September 8, 2008

Source of Article:  http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/national/archive/news/2008/09/08/20080908p2a00m0na011000c.html


OSAKA -- Wholesale rice processing firm Mikasa Foods apparently sold about 700 tons of mold-tainted rice after mixing it with regular foreign rice over the past five years, an employee in charge of finance at the firm told reporters on Monday.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is aware of the incident and is quickly trying to identify the clients to which Mikasa Foods sold the contaminated rice.

According to the employee, some of the tainted "uruchi rice" (a kind of rice) contained carcinogenic aflatoxin B1. Around 10 to 20 percent of the tainted rice was blended with regular rice and was sold.

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