Updated on 22 December 2015
Japanese health officials have come down heavily on one of Japan's oldest vaccine and drug manufacturers, Kaketsuken (also called Chemo-Sero-Therapeutic Research Institute).
Local media has reported that Kaketsuken has come under the Ministry's scanner because it transported the Botulinum toxin between two of its sites in Kumamoto, in breach of the ministry's rules about notification, which requires it to be informed if more than 0.1 milligram of the potentially lethal toxin is transported.
According to Japan's health ministry, the drug maker had failed to correctly inform the relevant authorities when it came to the transportation of Botulinum, which is an ingredient used by the firm in the manufacturing of drugs to treat food poisoning.
Botulinum toxin, one of the most poisonous biological substances known, is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin is one of the most poisonous biological substances known.
It is used for treating medical conditions like strabismus and focal dystonias, hemifacial spasm, and various spastic movement disorders, headaches, hypersalivation, hyperhidrosis, and some chronic conditions that respond only partially to medical treatment. Botulinum toxin has been recognized as a potential agent for use in bioterrorism.