News Summary: Tainted food sickens 350 in Japan

MEAL TO FORGET: More than 350 people have been sickened across Japan after eating frozen food products including pizza and lasagna that may have been tainted with a pesticide, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported Tuesday, citing local government figures.

RECALL: Food maker Maruha Nichiro Holdings began recalling 6.4 million packages of various frozen foods on Dec. 29, saying it found some were tainted by high levels of pesticides. The company has received hundreds of thousands of calls about the problem.

PROBE: Police are investigating how the items were contaminated with the pesticide malathion. The tainted products were produced by a factory in northern Japan’s Gunma prefecture. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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