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Japan Health Minister: China Food Poisoning May be Deliberate

February 5, 2008
By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press Writer

TOKYO – Pesticide-laced Chinese dumplings that sickened at least 10 people in Japan and triggered a nationwide scare were probably poisoned deliberately, Japan’s health minister said Tuesday.
The frozen dumplings, produced by China‘s Tianyang Food Processing Ltd., were contaminated with the pesticide methamidophos and blamed for a string of poisonings in December and January.

Investigators, however, have found traces of the pesticide on the outside of the dumplings, rather than on the filling. The poison was also found in much higher concentrations than would be expected from residue from pesticides sprayed on vegetables.

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