Recent Food problems in Japan

For the past 1 week, TV news have been reporting about companies/hotels admitting to the same problem – False indication of food ingredients used in their menu.

I always think that it’s safe and can trust the Japanese with regards to food because they takes pride in doing it. However, after seeing the recent news reports, I’ve lost some trust in them. 😦

It all began with a chained of hotels in Osaka end October this year. A check was done on the ingredients used in their actual dish against what was indicated in their menu. And guess the outcome?

Quite a number of ingredients used were found to be different from what’s indicated in their menu. For example, a dish in the menu indicated that the hotel uses a certain species of prawns but the ingredients used in the actual dish was prawns that looks similar to it yet cost efficient. Even to some cases like ‘home-made chocolate sauce’ which was indicated in the menu but after the checks, it was found that they replaced it with chocolate sauce that’s readily available in the market.

I thought it would stopped at some other random hotels/restaurants but NO. The problem grew bigger and bigger with established stores like Takashimaya, Isetan and Daimaru admitting to the same issue.

Totally disgusted with this because these companies just step out and declared that they made a mistake on their side for the ‘misleading menu’ and apologised for it. I wonder how this is not called ‘cheating’! I mean, if these companies knew that they cannot deliver what’s in the menu, then change the menu or even just remove it.

So angry whenever I see the news reporting new cases of this issue! But thank goodness it’s REAL food that they’ve used and not artificial food (i.e. eggs made from chemicals, pickled bamboo shoots made from wooden chopsticks – you know which country I’m referring to).

I shall take a good look over the menu list of my wedding dinner when the day comes and hope I’m not a victim of it.

Will similar issue happens to Singapore?

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