May 8, 2008

 

Japan arrests six men for false chicken labelling


 

Six men have been arrested in Japan for falsely labelling and selling poultry products as Hinai-jidori, a local premium breed of chicken.

 

The arrested men are the former president of Japanese meat processing company Hinaidori Co., two former executives of Hinaidori and three from a group firm in Odate, Akita Prefecture.

 

The suspects sold products falsely labelled as Hinai-jidori, including some made from old hens that had stopped laying eggs and had been purchased for under JPY 100 (US$0.95) per bird.

 

Sales of the falsely labelled products totalled about JPY 15 million (US$143,000).

 

All six men have admitted to the allegations.

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