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Over 1,000 ill as Japan tainted food scandal widens: Report

Published on Jan 8, 2014 4:28 PM
This picture taken on Dec 31, 2013 shows Toshio Kushiro (L), president of Japanese food company Maruha Nichiro Holdings and its subsidiary frozen foods company Aqli Foods president Yutaka Tanabe (R) bowing their heads to apologise at the headquarters of Maruha Nichiro in Tokyo as more than 1,000 people across Japan have fallen ill after eating frozen food products contaminated with pesticide. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - More than 1,000 people have fallen ill after eating pesticide-contaminated frozen food as a scandal widens across Japan, Jiji Press reported on Wednesday.

People have reported vomiting, diarrhoea and other symptoms of food poisoning after eating products including pizza and lasagne made by a subsidiary of Maruha Nichiro Holdings, the nation's largest seafood firm.

The number of people affected by the tainted food has now risen to over 1,000, with more than 200 taken ill in the northern main island of Hokkaido alone, Jiji said.

In western Osaka prefecture, a nine-month-old baby was hospitalised with vomiting on Monday after eating a product called creamy corn croquettes, the report said.

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