More than 200 people in Japan reportedly complain of health problems after eating some food products recalled due to possible pesticide contamination

TOKYO , January 6, 2014 () – More than 200 people across Japan have complained of health problems after eating some of the food products recalled due to possible pesticide contamination, the Kyodo News agency reported Tuesday.

Some of them reportedly experienced vomiting and stomach pains after consuming the products subject to the recall.

Authorities are investigating whether the pesticide malathion was responsible for the symptoms.

In late December, Aqlifoods Co, a subsidiary of major food maker Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc, announced that some of the frozen food products were contaminated with malathion.

Maruha Nichiro said on Monday that it had received around 456,000 phone calls from consumers as of Sunday after Aqlifoods recalled the approximately 6.4 million tainted frozen food products on December 29.

Only 17 per cent of the packs had been recovered by Saturday, the company said.

Police are still investigating how pesticide was added to the products.

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