Rat residue found in bread triggers Japanese recall and refund

Rat residue found in bread triggers Japanese recall and refund

One of Japan’s best-known bread brands is recalling thousands of packets and offering refunds after the remains of mice were found in its products.

About 104,000 packs of sliced white bread made by Pasco Shikishima Corporation were pulled from the shelves. Some of the black rats have been found in at least two packets.

Pasco bread is a staple in most Japanese households and is ubiquitous in supermarkets and convenience stores across the country.

There have been no reports so far of anyone falling ill as a result, Pasco said in a statement earlier this week.

“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience experienced by customers, business partners and all parties concerned,” he said.

The bread is produced at a factory in Tokyo, whose assembly line has been suspended.

Pasco did not say how the rat waste got into its products, but it promised to “do our best to strengthen our quality control so that this never happens again”.

The company has published a form on its website for affected customers to apply for refunds online.

Its products are also exported to the US, China, Australia, and Singapore, among other countries.

Food recalls are rare in Japan, a country known for its high sanitation standards.

However, there have been some recent health concerns involving the food.

Earlier this month, hundreds of students in the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi fell ill after drinking milk supplied to their school.

In March, drugmaker Kobayashi Pharmaceutical issued a voluntary recall of dietary supplements intended to lower cholesterol. The firm said last month it was investigating five deaths potentially linked to the product, which contains red yeast rice.

Last year, convenience store chain 7-Eleven apologized and announced a recall after a cockroach was found in a rice ball.

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