Major Japanese food maker Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. said Sunday that a pesticide, called malathion, has been found in frozen foods made at a plant run by subsidiary Aqli Foods Corp.
Maruha Nichiro has started voluntarily recalling all items made at the plant in the town of Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan, regardless of their best-before dates, company officials said.
At least 6.3 million packs of frozen foods will be recalled, according to the officials. These were made between mid-November and Sunday.
The company is investigating the cause of the pesticide contamination. The Aqli Foods plant suspended operations.
“We have decided to recall all items made at the plant to fully ensure” the safety of customers, Maruha Nichiro President Toshio Kushiro said at a press conference in Tokyo.