China and South Korea have imposed stricter checks on Japanese food as fears of radiation from the country’s on-going nuclear crisis grow.
The moves by Beijing and Seoul came within hours of the World Health Organisation saying the risk of contamination in some Japanese produce was far more serious than it had expected.
In Tokyo, some shoppers were also concerned about the potential threat. One woman said: “If more reports keep coming out, like the ones at the moment about contaminated vegetables and beef, then I may not drink tap water. Today I’m really scared of the rain. I’m nervous about whether I’ll be OK if I get wet.”
The Japanese government has also placed a ban on the shipment of spinach and milk from around the Fukushima plant with higher than usual levels of radiation being found.
Nevertheless, despite the stricter controls in China and South Korea, the WHO said it had no evidence of any contaminated food spreading internationally.