Japan: 3-star restaurant recalls bacteria-tainted beans

Source of Article:  http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20081125TDY02309.htm


The Yomiuri Shimbun

A three-Michelin star restaurant has voluntarily recalled jars of a black soybean product after a toxic bacteria was detected in several jars of the luxury food, it was learned Monday.

Bacillus cereus, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning, was detected in jars of Kuromame Binzume sold by Kagurazaka Ishikawa, a high-class Japanese restaurant in Kagurazaka, Tokyo.

No reports have been made of consumers being sickened by the beans.

The product was made on license from Kagurazaka Ishikawa at the Kobe factory of Osaka-based food processor Tsukezen Shoten, the restaurant said.

The bacteria was found in items with an expiry date of Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 1., with 120 jars having been shipped to date.

The product is mainly sold at the Takashimaya department store's Tokyo outlet in Nihonbashi, Chuo Ward, as a year-end oseibo gift or at gourmet events.

(Nov. 25, 2008)



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