Families in Japan may be rethinking their shumai and gyoza habits after 10 people became ill this week from eating dumplings imported from China; one child even fell into a coma. Tests all showed traces of methamidophos, an insecticide, in the dumplings. It’s not clear if the contamination took place in China or Japan, but I’d put money on who is going to get blamed for this one.
The import company has recalled 12 tonnes of dumplings (metric tonnes or not, let’s just say that’s a lot of dumplings) as well as 22 other products supplied by the same Chinese company.
Pet food, toys, toothpaste, now dumplings. Things are not looking good for China, despite high-profile safety campaigns to reassure consumers.