South Korea has banned the import of sea food products from eight Japanese prefectures amid radioactive contamination concerns.
Seoul said the measure is in response to public fears over the flow of tainted water into the Pacific from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
A spokesperson for the South Korean government announced the ban: “Our government made the decision as it is unclear how the Japanese crisis will progress and it will be difficult to predict future risk from Japanese government data only.”
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihde Suga responded by saying: “Since the nuclear accident we are adopting the highest level of safety standards and implementing strict inspections and controls on food exports.”
The Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the plant, has admitted that since the March 11 earthquake/tsunami hundreds of tonnes of contaminated water have leaked into the Pacific Ocean, something it had previously denied.
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