September 12, 2008

Oenon Holdings to Recall Distilled Spirits Made With Tainted Rice

Tokyo, Sept. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japan's major alcoholic beverage maker Oenon Holdings Inc. said Friday that it will recall "shochu" distilled spirit products made with tainted rice resold by food processor Mikasa Foods.

Oenon Holdings will recall a total of about 80,000 bottles of six products, shipped to "izakaya" pubs and supermarkets nationwide after June this year. The recall cost is expected to be about 200 million yen.

The products have no effects on health, Oenon Holdings said.

Misaka Foods, based in Osaka, bought pesticide-tainted or moldy rice restricted to industrial use from the Japanese government and trading companies and resold it for human consumption.

An Oenon Holdings subsidiary made the distilled spirit products with ingredients procured from a brewing company to which Misaka Foods had resold tainted rice, Oenon Holdings said.

Oenon Holdings learned Thursday that the tainted rice was used for production of the ingredients, it said.END

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