Fujiya suspends production, sales over old-milk scandal
The Yomiuri Shimbun
Major confectioner Fujiya Co. announced the suspension of operations Thursday at five confectionery plants and said it had stopped selling sweets at about 900 outlets and restaurants across the country, to take responsibility for using out-of-date milk to make cream puffs.
The incident took place last autumn at one of the company's plants in Niiza, Saitama Prefecture. Fujiya also admitted shipping products containing 10 times the amount of bacteria permitted under levels set by the Food Sanitation Law.
On Thursday morning, officials from the Saitama prefectural government inspected Fujiya's Niiza plant.
A Fujiya employee said that on eight occasions between early October and late November, the plant used milk that had passed its expiration date to manufacture about 16,000 cream puffs that were then shipped.
The plant was also found to have shipped out cream that failed to meet the bacteria criteria guidelines set by the Food Sanitation Law, used expired processed apple products to make apple pies, and extended by one day more than the company standard the consumption date for puddings.
I had thought their food only tasted bad.
And to be honest, I use the word "food" for a Fujiya product only under most extreme duress.
Oh Amaterasu, the Merciful, the Compassionate, let them stay closed. Permanently.