Leftover rat found in bread prompts recall and refunds in Japan

One of Japan’s most well-known bread brands is recalling thousands of packages and offering refunds after remnants of a rat were found in its products.

Around 104,000 packages of sliced white bread manufactured by Pasco Shikishima Corporation have been pulled from shelves. Parts of the black rat were discovered in at least two packages.

Pasco bread is a staple in many Japanese households and a ubiquitous presence in supermarkets and convenience stores across the country.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X

As of now, there have been no reports of illness as a result, Pasco said in a statement earlier this week.

“We deeply apologize for the inconvenience caused to our customers, business partners, and all involved parties,” it said.

The bread was produced at a factory in Tokyo, whose assembly line has been suspended.

Pasco did not say how the rat remnants ended up in its products, but pledged to “do everything possible to strengthen our quality controls so that this never happens again.”

The company has posted a form on its website for affected customers to request refunds online.

Its products are also exported to the U.S., China, Australia, and Singapore, among other countries.

Food recalls are rare in Japan, a country known for its high health standards.

However, there have been several recent food-related health scares.

Earlier this month, hundreds of students in the northeastern Miyagi prefecture fell ill after drinking milk supplied to their schools.

In March, drug manufacturer Kobayashi Pharmaceutical issued a voluntary recall of dietary supplements intended to lower cholesterol. The company said last month it is investigating five potentially product-related deaths, which contain red yeast rice.

Last year, convenience store chain 7-Eleven apologized and announced recalls after a cockroach was found in an onigiri.