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Poisoned Chinese Beans Scare in Japan; China Says No Evidence

October 16, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has found no evidence that frozen beans pulled from the shelves in Japan were tainted with pesticide, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday as yet another health scare implicated Chinese producers.

At least one woman was briefly hospitalized with vomiting and a numb mouth after eating the green beans imported by Nichirei Foods and sold in Ito-Yokado supermarkets, Japanese media reports said.

Tests showed one package of beans contained 34,000 times the permitted level of dichlorvos, a highly toxic insecticide, Japan’s Health Ministry said.
A farmer tends to his crop at his farm near the town of Jianli ... 
A farmer tends to his crop at his farm near the town of Jianli in central China’s Hubei province.(AFP/File)

China said it had found nothing untoward.

“Sample tests carried out on Wednesday found no sign of pesticide residue…,” Xinhua reported. “No abnormal signs were found in the beans’ planting and processing procedures, the authorities said.”

The food scare emerged a month after a scandal over Chinese milk tainted with the industrial compound melamine, which killed four babies in China, made tens of thousands ill and forced product recalls around the world, including Japan.

Earlier this year, several Japanese were made ill by Chinese-made dumplings that also contained insecticide, but a joint investigation failed to reveal how the contamination occurred.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)