Japan’s popular gyoza dumplings
In the latest scare from Chinese exports, dumplings containing insecticide have made 10 people in Japan ill, including a girl in serious condition, according to police who warn they could press criminal charges.
In a live press conference broadcast nationally last night, distributor JT foods announced it was recalling the product, Agence France-Presse reported.
“We pray for the early recovery of those whose health was affected,” said Mutsuo Iwai, an executive with a JT Foods subsidiary, Japan Tobacco.
“We sincerely apologize for the trouble.”
In one of a series of WND stories that first brought attention to the problem, FDA inspectors reported tainted food imports from China are being rejected with increasing frequency, because they are contaminated with pesticides and tainted with carcinogens, bacteria and banned drugs.
JT Foods said the dumplings contained an insecticide called methamidophos, AFP reported. The popular “gyoza” dumplings, with historical origins in China, are usually made with ground meat inside.
A mother and her four children were among the 10 people who got sick eating the Chinese dumplings, the news agency said. A 5-year-old girl was reported in serious condition.
At least five people remained hospitalized after suffering vomiting, stomach aches or diarrhea.
China is Japan’s second largest source of food imports, behind the U.S.
A WND investigation into the safety of Chinese exports triggered widespread interest in a problem that continued through the most recent Christmas season – highlighted by a series of recalls of children’s toys and other holiday items.
Concerns with China imports began with a pet food scandal that killed or maimed up to 39,000 American cats and dogs. WND’s investigation continued into imports of foods meant for human consumption. The New York Times and other major U.S. media followed.
Members of Congress have referenced statistics gathered in WND’s investigation of product recalls from China. WND found most of the safety recalls involved imports from the Asian giant, which were recalled twice as often as products made everywhere else in the world, including the U.S.
WND reported China, the leading exporter of seafood to the U.S., is raising most of its fish products in water contaminated with raw sewage and compensating by using dangerous drugs and chemicals, many of which are banned by the FDA.
China consistently has topped the list of countries whose products were refused by the FDA. The list includes many countries, including Mexico and Canada, that export far more food products to the U.S. than China.
China is the second largest source of imports for the U.S. while the U.S. is China’s largest overseas market and second largest source of foreign direct investment.