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Meiji ignored tipoffs on cesium in formula via The Japan Times Online

Meiji Co. was tipped off on three separate occasions in mid-November that its milk formula may be contaminated with radioactive cesium, but ignored the information for about two weeks, sources said.

The major food maker only looked into the matter after it was approached by Kyodo News and a citizens’ group earlier this month, the sources said.

Meiji said it had initially concluded that “further investigation was unnecessary” because one of the tipoffs was made by an anonymous caller and the other two, from concerned consumers, cited Internet information the company was unable to confirm.

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