This is a joke and a "Cop out"
The accusation is based with no proof, they are just taking the easy way out and shifting the blame to a NON Japanese company that can't defend themselves - Legally and / or publically!
The type of E. coli strain that caused the problem is normally created by a lack of refrigeration.
And there are that may areas in the delivery process for this to happen from the abattoir to each restaurant door.
Therefore, how can they accuse the beef supplier of providing a contaminated products when all it can take to cause the contamination is the freight and/or delivery company to not store and deliver the meat with the proper refrigeration?
But would a Japanese company accuse and slander another Japanese company such as the freight company for the problem? NAH! - for ONE very good reason. - The accused Japanese company could defend itself - In the Courts and in the MEDIA .
The Australian Company can't and REINS International, the Tokyo-based operator of the Gyukaku chain know this.
Shame on them I say!
The E. coli strain involved is not the same as the one causing the current outbreak in Europe.
Japanese officials say the E. coli has been found among at least 15 customers of a Korean-style barbecue restaurant in Japan.
Of the 20 people who became sick in Toyama prefecture, 15 were infected with the O157 strain of E. coli bacteria after eating at an outlet of the popular Gyukaku restaurant chain on May 6, local officials said yesterday.
All 20 patients experienced moderate symptoms and have recovered, they said, adding that the diners probably used the same chopsticks to cook raw meat slices and to eat them.
REINS International, the Tokyo-based operator of the Gyukaku chain, apologised and said it suspected the infections might have been caused by Australian beef imports.
The company said it had changed its Australian supplier, but a public health inspection of the affected restaurant did not find E. coli bacteria.
At least four people in Japan have died from E. coli bacteria food poisoning since April after eating raw beef at a different low-price Korean-style barbecue restaurant chain.