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Pesticide on more dumpling packages



Low levels of the pesticide dichlorvos were detected on the outside of seven packages of frozen gyoza dumplings made by the Chinese company now at the center of a toxic gyoza scare, the Tokushima prefectural government said over the weekend.

The organophosphorus pesticide was found on packages recalled from Tokushima Co-op stores in the prefecture, after revelations late last month that some gyoza made by the Chinese company Tianyang Food had been contaminated with methamidophos, another organophosphorus pesticide.

It is the second case of dichlorvos being found on or in frozen gyoza packages. In Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, the pesticide was detected in the gyoza skin and filling.

Many of the tainted packages found in Tokushima Prefecture were made earlier than the gyoza found in Fukushima Prefecture, which was made on June 3, 2007.

In the Tokushima case, no pesticide was detected in the gyoza itself or inside the packages. The dumplings were manufactured in March, April, May and November 2007.

They were imported by Tokyo-based JT Foods Co. and trucked to Co-op stores in Tokushima Prefecture after arriving at a Kawasaki port.

The level of dichlorvos detected was 0.0003--0.0007 milligrams, or less than about one-350th of the permissible daily intake level for a person weighing 50 kilograms, according to prefectural officials.

No adverse effects on health were reported in the Tokushima and Fukushima prefecture cases.(IHT/Asahi: February 11,2008)

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