S. Korea's food imports from Japan plunge amid radiation fears

13:17, May 12, 2011      

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South Korea's food imports from Japan has plunged so far this month amid ongoing radiation fears, the drug and food watchdog said Thursday.

The number of food import cases from Japan recorded a daily average of 30 so far in May, sharply down from a daily average of 197 cases the previous month, the Korea Food & Drug Administration (KFDA) said in a statement.

The amount of food imported from Japan stood at a daily average of 75 tons starting from May 1, down 74 percent from 293 tons in April, according to the KFDA. No imports of agricultural and forestry products were reported in May, the watchdog said.

The May's sharp fall was attributable to stricter requirements for imported food from Japan amid lingering concerns over the radiation contamination of the Japanese food following the March 11 earthquake.

The South Korean government required all the food shipped into the country from Japan to secure safety certificates approved by the Japanese government starting from this month. The government also beefed up inspection into the food imported from the neighboring nation.

Source: Xinhua
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