Russia suspends seafood imports from Japan amid radiation fears

13:12, April 07, 2011      

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Russia had suspended seafood imports from 242 Japanese companies due to fears of radiation contamination, Russia's food safety and sanitary watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor, said in a Wednesday statement.

"The restrictions were introduced after an analysis of threats and risks which arose after the accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant," the statement said.

However, Rosselkhoznadzor didn't say how long the ban would last.

According to local reports, Russia imported 57,000 tons of seafood from Japan last year.

Earlier this month, Japan called for calm over radiation concerns, but is itself considering imposing radioactivity restrictions on seafood for the first time after contaminated fish were found.

Also on Wednesday, the Fukushima plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said it had stopped highly radioactive water from flowing into the Pacific Ocean from the crippled plant by injecting a chemical compound.

Source: Xinhua
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