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Large sushi rice company slapped with lawsuit after selling sushi rice mixed with mice droppings (video)

By Mason White 11:30 AM September 15, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A large sushi rice company was slapped with a lawsuit after consumers discovered that the rice contained mice droppings, according to court documents filed in California.

The plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit said that Farmer’s Rice Cooperative, which is responsible for over 20 percent of the rice crop in California, knowingly sold contaminated rice to grocery stores.

“The defendants stored rice in a way that allowed foreign material such as insects, rodents and dirt to be present in the rice,” according to the lawsuit.

Rice brands New Variety, New Rose, New Crop, Specially Selected, Anniversary and Imperial Rose were all named in the lawsuit.

“Anyone who has been to a sushi restaurant in recent years, probably has been exposed to this type of rice,” according to the lawsuit.

Farmer’s Rice Cooperative denied the allegations, calling the lawsuit baseless.