By Kyoko Hasegawa
TOKYO (AFP) –on Monday pledged to step up screening of food imports from amid a nationwide scare over Chinese-made dumplings that left hundreds complaining of illness.
Ten people were diagnosed with pesticide poisoning after eating the frozen meat dumplings, prompting major foodmakers to recall food products manufactured at the same factory in China.
As Chinese experts held a second day of closed-door talks with Japanese officials, vowed to strengthen scrutiny of imports.
“This is actually a matter of national security if it is linked to the Japanese people’s lives,” Fukuda told a parliamentary committee.