Japan: 471 Develop Wheat Allergy (66 Get Seriously Ill) After Using Popular ‘Green-Tea’ Face Soap

471 develop wheat allergy after using popular ‘green-tea’ face soap (Mainichi, Nov. 15, 2011)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A total of 471 people have developed a wheat allergy after using a type of popular green face soap and some of them have become seriously ill, health ministry officials said Tuesday, citing a report by the producer.

Yuuka Co. began recalling the soap called “Cha no Shizuku” (Drip of Tea) in May and has said the soap now on the market is safe as it does not contain the agent that caused the allergic symptoms.

According to the official citing an accident report by the company, 66 people among the total were taken to hospital after developing serious conditions including becoming unconscious.

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