At least three bottles of wine that could be a type that was recalled 33 years ago for possibly containing a toxic substance, were recently put up for sale and purchased in an online auction in Japan, it has been learned.
The bid for all three bottles of wine - apparently the 180ml product made in 1981 by Tokyo-based Manns Wine Co. under the trading name of Hyoka Budo Ginjo - was placed on the Yahoo Auction site by an individual in August this year, and was almost immediately accepted, according to sources. Manns Wine is a subsidiary of Kikkoman Corp.
In 1985, the former Health and Welfare Ministry ordered the wine company to recall a total of about 390,000 bottles of Hyoka Budo Ginjo wine, saying that the product was suspected of containing diethylene glycol - an ingredient in plastics - which potentially induces such health hazards as kidney failure if ingested.
However, most of the wine was presumably consumed: only about 40,000 bottles were recalled.
No health problems in association with the wine have ever been reported, according to the sources.