Hundreds of people in Japan have been sickened by food contaminated with the pesticide malathion. Reports on the number of victims differ from at least 890 to more than 1,000. The mass poisoning has been traced to Maruha Nichiro Holdings, which is recalling about 6.4 million bags of frozen foods, including croquettes, frozen pizza and…

Japan, the largest international buyer of U.S. wheat, has canceled its tender to buy U.S. white wheat after the discovery of a test strain of Monsanto’s genetically modified wheat had been found on an Oregon wheat farmer’s land, Reuters reports. Monsanto tested the Roundup-resistant wheat from 1998 to 2005, but it was never approved…

For only the second time in ten years, Japan on will further ease restrictions on U.S. beef imports starting February 1 to allow entry of beef and beef products from cattle less than 30 months of age. Previously, a 2006 restriction limited U.S. beef imports to products from cattle less than 20 months of age.…

Winter months consistently produce the highest numbers of Norovirus outbreaks, but early reports suggest that the bug may be striking a particularly large number of victims this season. In the United Kingdom, the number of confirmed Norovirus cases has risen to 72 percent higher than this time last year. In total, 3,877 citizens have been…

Enough beef to feed one million Americans for a year has been imported from Brazil without the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) mitigations that are supposed to be applied to countries where BSE is known to exist. That’s because for the past two years, USDA was operating under the assumption that Brazil had not experienced any…

Six elderly women and a 4-year-old girl were killed earlier this month when a cabbage they consumed was contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. More than 100 were sickened in the Hokkaido area outbreak.

The Japan Times said it was the worst food poisoning outbreak to be experienced on island nation in a decade.

The women…

A meat delicacy in Japan — raw beef liver — may soon be banned for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. 

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare is considering whether it should prohibit butchers and restaurants from selling raw beef liver after discovering the O157 strain of E. coli in the meat long considered a …

Except for some spinach, turnips and white radishes with high radiation levels caught early on by Hong Kong, “hot” food has not entered the market since last March’s earthquake and tsunami damaged a nuclear plant in Japan.

But recently trace amounts of cesium-137 and cesium-134 were found in batches of “Meiji Step” baby milk powder, …

Following an outbreak of E. coli O111 in April and May that took the life of two children and two adults, and sickened at least 56, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has imposed new regulations for raw meat dishes served in restaurants.

The outbreak was linked to a Korean-style seasoned raw beef dish, …