Brazil starts monitoring food products imported from Japan

13:50, April 05, 2011      

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The Brazilian government started on Monday to monitor food products imported from Japan in order to prevent radiation-contaminated goods from entering the country.

According to the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), samples of the food shipments coming from Japan will be collected and sent to the Radiological Protection and Dosimetry Institute (IRD) or to the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN) to be tested for radiation.

If the radiation levels in the samples are deemed too high, the products will be either discarded or returned to Japan. Importers will also be requested to present a document proving that the cargo has been inspected and tested for radiation in Japan.

In addition, the Brazilian government will increase airport surveillance to ensure that passengers entering the country from Japan do not bring food products that might be contaminated.

Anvisa pointed, however, that the measures are merely preventive. According to the agency, the chances of contaminated food products entering Brazil are minimal, as the volume of food imports from Japan is low and mainly composed of tea and algae.

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