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Calbee restarts chip plant following dead lizard scare.

TOKYO, Aug. 16 Kyodo

Calbee Foods Co. restarted operations Wednesday at a confectionery factory where work had been suspended since Saturday following the discovery of a dead lizard in a bag of potato chips produced there, the confectionery maker said.

The company resumed operations after carrying out all the instructions given by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, such as plugging an opening in the structure that connects the factory and adjacent distribution center, it said.

The company had halted operations at the factory run by one of its affiliates after a woman in Chofu, western Tokyo, discovered the 15-centimeter lizard on opening a bag of Aji Potato Garlic Butter chips on Aug. 9.

The factory is located in the city of Higashi-Matsuyama, Saitama Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo.

The woman reported the discovery to both Calbee Foods and the local public health office of the Health and Welfare Ministry.

Calbee Foods has been recalling some 62,000 bags of the same type of product.

The bag in which the lizard was found was among those which were produced on July 11 and shipped to wholesalers in Tokyo and Kanagawa, Saitama and Yamanashi prefectures.

The company has remained unable to identify how the lizard entered the factory and then got into a chip bag, Calbee said, adding it will continue its investigations.
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Date:Aug 21, 2000
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