News Summary: Tainted frozen food sickens hundreds

TAINTED FOOD: The toll is rising as hundreds of people have fallen sick across Japan after eating frozen food that may have been tainted with a pesticide.

WARNING ADS: Food maker Maruha Nichiro Holdings used full-page ads in major newspapers Wednesday apologizing and warning consumers not to eat any of the tainted food, including pizza, croquettes and pancakes manufactured at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

THE RECALL: The company began recalling 6.4 million packages of various frozen foods on Dec. 29, saying it found some were tainted by high levels of malathion, a pesticide. The health ministry said it had confirmed 556 people suffering symptoms such as stomach pain and vomiting after eating those products as of late Tuesday.

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