Maruha Nichiro subsidiary recalls 6.3 million packs of frozen food
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A subsidiary of Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. said Sunday it is recalling a total of 6.3 million packs of frozen foods including croquettes and pizza after pesticide was detected in some of them.
Frozen food subject to the recall was made at a factory of the subsidiary, Aqlifoods Co., in Gunma Prefecture.
The food maker examined the products and detected malathion, used as insecticide, in the wake of reports from customers that the food smelled unusual. Malathion is not usually used in the factory, it said.
While there are no reports of serious health damage, one child did vomit as a result of the odor, according to Aqlifoods.
The company will suspend operation at the Gunma factory and stop shipments from it until it identifies the cause of the problem, it said.
"I would like to apologize from the bottom of my heart for causing trouble to our customers," Yutaka Tanabe, president of Aqlifoods, told a press conference in Tokyo.