A SOUTH Korean food company issued a public apology today after a suspected rat’s head was found in a bag of shrimp crackers.
Nong Shim, South Korea’s largest processed food maker, said it has stopped producing the snack pending an investigation and is recalling it from shops across the country.
“All the responsibility rests with us, Nong Shim,’’ the company said.
“From the bottom of our heart, we apologise to clients who have been supporting us for the past 40 years.’‘
The Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) said yesterday that a furry item found in a bag of shrimp crackers was “suspected to be the head of a rat.’‘
It said the offending item was thought to have been accidentally introduced at Nong Shim’s plant in China’s eastern city of Qingdao.
The administration said its officials had inspected Nong Shim’s local plant in the southeastern city of Busan and believe the item was unlikely to have been introduced there.
“KFDA will carry out an inspection of the China plant late this month,’’ Lee Jae-Rin, a deputy director, told AFP.