Japanese meat firm mixes beef with pork
A Japanese meat-processing company from Hokkaido admitted to have shipped
a mixture of minced beef and pork to food companies labelling it 'ground beef',
its president confessed last week.
President Minoru Tanaka of the company Meat Hope Co told reporters that he
approved the mixing of minced pork with minced beef when the company exhausted
its beef stock.
The products were then labeled as ground beef, Tanaka
said, adding, "We have to accept the blame for the
Whole of Japan
He added that the
possible mixture could have been shipped to food companies, and apparently ended
up being distributed in the whole of Japan after being processed into food
products such as beef croquettes.
At an earlier news conference,
Tanaka still claimed there was a possibility the meat was mixed by mistake and
Tomakomai-based Meat Hope was investigating.
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