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Contaminated gyoza packages surface in Miyagi Prefecture

Date Posted: 2008-02-24

New cases of contamination in imported frozen dumplings have been discovered in Miyagi Prefecture.
Officials say high levels of dichlorvos, the same pesticide found in frozen gyoza packages produced in China by Tianyang Foods and imported by JT Foods, has been found during inspections by the Japanese Consumers’ Cooperative Union. The latest packages were sold by Co-op Miyagi last Fall.
Three chemicals were detected in the dumplings, including two that have been banned for use in Japan for more than three decades. Parathion and parathion methyl were found in the frozen food products, along with the dichlorvos. Test results have been provided to Chinese and Japanese police, who are still investigating the earlier contamination cases.
China, meanwhile, has admitted to discovering traces of pesticide in two shipments of the frozen dumplings exported to Japan. They say the chemical is the same as that found in dumplings involved in food poisoning cases in Japan over the past three months.
At the same time, Chinese officials say traces of methamidophos found in the buns were very minute, and probably worked their way into the gyoza through filling ingredients such as vegetables. Japanese police contend the contamination was done deliberately, somewhere in the food processing and shipping process in China.

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