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62 more victims uncovered in poisoned dumpling case

A health official conducts an inspection in the frozen food section of a supermarket in Kyoto on Thursday.
A health official conducts an inspection in the frozen food section of a supermarket in Kyoto on Thursday.

A probe into a suspected poisoning case in which 10 people fell ill after eating Chinese-made dumplings has uncovered 62 more victims who contacted authorities complaining of vomiting, stomach pain and other symptoms.

The new cases were uncovered in a survey carried out by the Mainichi after authorities reported that frozen dumplings from China were found to contain traces of an insecticide.

None of the 62 people were hospitalized and their symptoms were reportedly not serious. It remains unknown whether all of them fell ill after eating Chinese-made dumplings imported by JT Foods Co., but the number of victims looks likely to rise. An increasing number of firms including Maruha and Nippon Meat Packers are voluntarily withdrawing products.

In addition to the 10 people who were initially reported ill, 62 new victims were reported in 16 prefectures across Japan as of 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, according to information supplied by prefectural governments. The new figure brings the total number of reported victims to 72.

In one case, two of three members of family in Tokyo's Shinjuku-ku who ate dumplings in early January suffered diarrhea. The family reportedly contacted a public health center in Tokyo's Shinjuku-ku on Thursday morning after seeing a news report and becoming concerned.

In Yao, Osaka Prefecture, five family members who ate dumplings bought at a supermarket in the city on Monday suffered diarrhea and other symptoms until the following day.

A boy in his teens also filed a report at a health center in Akita on Thursday morning, complaining of stomach pain, after he saw a report on the illnesses. He is reportedly still resting at home.

(Mainichi Japan) January 31, 2008