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A Japanese local government admitted on Thursday that pesticide detected recently on the surface of some Chinese-made dumplings packages are dichlorvos used in the store.


At a press conference, Tokushima Prefecture Governor Kamon Iizumi said dichlorvos was also detected on frozen food made in Japan and show cases at the store, but the amount was too small to injure people, Kyodo News reported.


The governor denied any relationship between the incident and the recent mysterious poisoning involving Chinese-made dumplings sold in Japan.


Analysts said the case in Tokushima indicated the possibility that food products may be contaminated during distribution and retail procedures in Japan.


The Japanese health ministry issued a notice in 2004, forbidding the placement of pesticide in room for foods.


(Xinhua News Agency February 15, 2008)

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