Bento maker linked to food poisoning outbreak suspended

TOKYO, Sep 23 (News On Japan) - As more people across Japan report health problems after consuming bento meals produced by Yoshidaya in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture, health authorities have ordered a suspension of business.

There are a total of 270 patients nationwide linked to the outbreak, mainly experiencing symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.

The bento meals under investigation encompass 59 different varieties produced and delivered on September 15 and 16 to facilities within the city, totaling 22,184 units.

Refrigerated bento meals were transported by plane and other means to stores in 33 prefectures across Japan.

The health department has imposed a business suspension on Yoshidaya starting from Sep 23.

Yoshidaya had voluntarily suspended its operations since Sep 17.

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