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July 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Japan's biggest maker of dairy products will suspend production nationwide today to inspect its factories after thousands of people were sickened by tainted milk, Kyodo News agency and Asahi TV said, quoting company officials. Snow Brand Milk Products Co. was forced into the recall after more than 11,000 people fell ill in the nation's worst case of food poisoning in decades. Bacteria that had accumulated in a production line valve was blamed.
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March 2, 1995 | DAN BERGER
The financially troubled French wine company SA Maison Joseph Drouhin has announced that 51% of the company had been sold to Snow Brand Milk Products Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan's largest dairy company, which has worked with Drouhin in other capacities for two decades. Robert Drouhin remains chief executive officer of the wine company and the Drouhin family will be allowed to regain control of the company at some future date.
NEWS
August 4, 1995 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the gleaming lobby of a major trading firm, there is a new and startling sight among the starched white shirts and somber gray suits of Japan's normally button-down executives: Peach-colored shirts. Green plaid trousers. Sneakers. Casual Friday has come to Japan, one of the most conservative business climates in the world. In April, Itochu Corp. decreed that employees could dress down once a week, joining the ranks of such firms as cosmetic maker Shiseido, retail giant Daiei Inc.
NEWS
August 23, 2000 | MARK MAGNIER and JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For decades, Mitsubishi Motors employees secretly stashed tens of thousands of consumer complaints in boxes and changing rooms, behind lockers and even in the computer system using a special "H" code to signify that they should remain hidden. On Tuesday, with a deep sigh and an even deeper bow of apology, Mitsubishi Motors President Katsuhiko Kawasoe confessed to the scheme and admitted that it was a deliberate, systemic and widespread cover-up designed to avoid costly recalls.
NEWS
July 15, 2000 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japan has been rocked in recent years by horror stories of corporate mismanagement. But the case of the Snow Brand Milk Products Co., whose alleged sanitation lapses are suspected of causing the country's worst food-poisoning outbreak since World War II, has stunned the nation. The company announced this week that it will shut down all 21 factories nationwide for weeklong inspections after more than 14,000 people in western Japan fell ill after consuming Snow products. An 84-year-old woman died.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2007 | Hiroko Tabuchi, The Associated Press
Ocean-fresh sushi? Quality marbled beef? Exquisite confectioneries? Think again. Japan has been hit by a slew of food safety and false labeling scandals that is threatening to wreck its image as a country of culinary wonders, squeaky-clean factories and impeccable sanitation. In the most recent scandal, a venerable maker of traditional Japanese sweets was found to have recycled the red-bean filling in its rice cakes, collecting old filling from leftover boxes and shipping out the cakes as new.
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