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. 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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