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Questionable pickled cabbage not exported to Taiwan: FDA

2012/08/20 18:03:21

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Taiwan has not imported any pickled cabbage from a supply that allegedly caused a deadly outbreak of food poisoning in Hokkaido, Japan, in the first weeks of August, Taiwanese health authorities said Monday.

There is no record of pickled Chinese cabbage exports to Taiwan from the food manufacturer in Sapporo that supplied the product in question, the Department of Health's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said.

Japanese health authorities have reportedly recalled the pickled products manufactured by the company, the FDA said.

Seven people in Japan died in the past weeks after eating pickled cabbage produced by the company, according to media reports. Five of them were found to have contracted infections caused by Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria, the reports said.

Meanwhile, more than 60 people in Hokkaido have been hospitalized with food poisoning symptoms such as diarrhea, according to the reports.

The enterohaemorrhagic E. coli O157:H7 bacterium can cause a severe food borne disease, which leads to diarrhea, abdominal cramps and occasionally kidney failure, the FDA said.

One way to avoid infection by the potentially fatal bacteria is to cook foods at high temperatures, the FDA advised.

It also advised travelers to Japan to pay attention to notices about recalled foods.

(By Elaine Hou)