Korea to Halt Import of Contaminated Japanese Food

      March 24, 2011 13:43

      The government is considering halting the import of Japanese food if any sample is found to be radioactive after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. A government official said Wednesday if excessive amounts of radioactive substances like caesium and iodine are detected in imported Japanese food, their import will be halted altogether.

      Food with a safety guarantee from the Japanese government will be permitted in.

      The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Korea Food and Drug Administration strengthened the criteria for radioactivity screening on Japanese food on March 14, and agricultural and forest produce are now subject to screening for radioactivity. 

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