Aeon to recall food containing 'beni-koji' ingredient amid health warnings

Japanese retail giant Aeon says it will recall seven of its private-brand food products containing the "beni-koji" ingredient at the center of a health scare.

Beni-koji health supplements produced by Kobayashi Pharmaceutical were recalled by the maker last week.

This followed reports of people being hospitalized with kidney problems after taking the supplement, which is a form of fermented red rice in a pill form said to lower cholesterol.

The Aeon food items include steamed buns and a pilaf.
The retailer says the recall is voluntary to check the safety and supply routes of the beni-koji ingredient.
It says its items do not contain the same beni-koji used in the drugmaker's supplements.

Some of Kobayashi's supplements are sold online in China.
The company says it has warned customers in the country to stop using the products.

Kobayashi's supplements and healthcare range are well-known in China, but it says it has now suspended sales there and will recall the items in question.