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Food imports from 4 Japan prefectures banned

The government yesterday banned food imports from prefectures around Japan’s wrecked nuclear reactors amid growing concerns over radiation contaminated food.

The ban took effect immediately after it was agreed upon by a national policy coordination meeting led by Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik yesterday afternoon.

The ban applies to food products from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures.

Yook Dong-han, a senior official at the Prime Minister’s Office, said the government imposed a temporary import ban on vegetables and some other foods that the Japanese government already warned its own people not to consume.

The government said the ban could be extended if Japan imposes further restrictions on shipments or consumption of other vegetables and foods.

Japan has recommended not eating cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and spinach produced in the quake-hit region after it detected radioactivity exceeding standard levels.

It also halted shipments of milk, spinach, parsley and kakina, another leafy vegetable, from the four affected prefectures.

To calm public concern about radiation in Japanese products, the Korean government will post updated results of radiation tests on imports and the latest status of Japan’s radiation contamination on the Web sites of the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Korea Food and Drug Administration.

“The Korean government has been conducting radiation contamination tests on all Japanese imported foods, but none was detected as inedible,” Yook said.

The government currently uses 11 radiation contamination detection machines but plans to start using an additional 13 high-speed mobile radiation detectors next week.

Meanwhile, a suspected breach in the core of one reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, Japanese officials said yesterday, disclosing what may prove to be a major setback in stabilizing the plant.

The situation halted work yesterday at the nuclear power plant complex, where dozens had been working feverishly to stop the overheated plant from leaking radiation, officials said.

Suspicions of a possible breach were raised when two workers waded into water 10,000 times more radioactive than normal and suffered skin burns.


By Kim Mi-ju [AP, mijukim@joongang.co.kr]


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육동한 국무총리실 국무차장은 “방사능 유출 2차 피해가 확산 중이어서 일본 정부가 ‘섭취제한’과 ‘출하정지’ 지정을 한 품목에 대해선 오염 우려가 해소될 때까지 이날부터 수입을 중단한다”고 말했다. 정부는 23일까지만 해도 일본산 식품의 수입을 계속하겠다는 입장이었지만, 일본에서 방사성 오염 식품의 품목이 늘어나면서 이틀 만에 방침을 선회했다.

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