INDONESIA/JAPAN: Ajinomoto reels from seasoning scandal
Japanese-owned PT Ajinamoto Indonesia announced plans to buy back about 3,000 tons of its Ajinomoto seasoning product worth Rp30bn (US$3.35m) after it was banned from sale in the country for religious reasons. The Japanese company has acknowledged the use of an enzyme extracted from pork in the process of producing the seasoning product but have denied that the end-product contains pig meat, which Moslems are forbidden to consume. The enzyme was used only in the process of production, a company official said. Ajinomoto food taste enhancers contain "frocine" - an enzyme extracted from pork.
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