In Japan, More Than 100,000 Packs of Sliced Bread Recalled After Rat Parts Found Inside

By Trisha Andrada

May 09, 2024 05:30 AM EDT

Pasco Shikishima Corp., a bread manufacturer in Japan, has announced that it was recalling 104,000 packs of sliced bread after two of them were found to contain rat parts. 

Japan's Pasco Shikishima Corp. voluntarily recalled over 100,000 packets of sliced bread after finding black rat body pieces in two of them. (Photo : Charles Chen on Unsplash)

Pasco Shikishima 'Chojuku' Bread Products Recalled Across Mainland Japan

The product in issue is Pasco's processed white "chojuku" bread, which has been a staple of Japanese breakfast tables for generations. The bread products have been recalled from 15 prefectures across mainland Japan, from the northern Aomori region to Tokyo.

According to The Japan News, the recalled products were "Chojuku Yamagata 5 Slices" and "Chojuku Yamagata 6 Slices," which have three-digit management numbers that start with "A" and best-by dates between May 7 and May 11.

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Pasco Shikishima Investigates How Rat Parts Got Into Bread Products

The bread manufacturer discovered the issue on Sunday after receiving reports from consumers. Pasco said it is now looking into how rat parts got into the bread products, which is unusual, considering that Japan is known for its stringent hygiene regulations. 

The company said there had been no reports of buyers falling ill. In a statement released Tuesday, Pasco sincerely apologized for the inconvenience "this has caused to our customers, suppliers, and other concerned parties."

Pasco said the bread products were produced at a factory in Tokyo, whose assembly line had been suspended pending its investigation, The AFP reported.

"We will strengthen our quality management system to ensure there won't be a recurrence," the company noted.

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