Food Safety
Japanese drink’s toxic punch |

Hundreds of tonnes of toxic rice intended for use in glue, fertilisers and animal feed have instead ended up with makers of sake and another alcoholic drink, distilled sho chu.

Large quantities of the rice have also made their way into meals at hospitals, nursing homes and at least one school.

Alcohol makers have recalled more than a million bottles of the nation’s two most popular spirits because they could have been made from imported grain tainted with pesticides and carcinogenic mould.

It follows a litany of scares – the biggest caused by the discovery of pesticides in frozen gyoza from China – that have shattered Japanese faith in food safety standards.


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