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Japanese food imports under scrutiny for radiation

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Japanese food imports under scrutiny for radiation


Jitters over Japanese produce are being felt at home and abroad amid fears of radioactivity.

Leafy green vegetables, milk, egg and meat products are the biggest concern.


Checks on Japanese imports have been tightened by China and South Korea. Tokyo itself has blocked the sale of raw milk and spinach from areas near

the plant after higher than usual levels of iodine were found in samples.

The World Health Organisation says it has no evidence of contaminated food spreading internationally.

“There is no immediate need to take special measures or additional measures to ensure the safety of the imports,” said Peter Ben Embarek, a Beijing-based WHO food safety expert. “I think we have to follow the events and keep an eye on what is happening. What is important is that we get more data on the situation in the ground in Japan.”

Thailand has started checking Japanese imports for radioactivity and similar tests have been ordered in Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines and India.

And at a Japanese Sushi restaurant in Taiwan, customers can use a Geiger counter to check

radiation levels before tucking in. The food is safe, the owner says, but the test is all about reassuring the clientele.

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