China halts some Japanese food imports
China has banned the imports of some food and agricultural produce from Japan amid concerns of radiation contamination, Xinhua reports. The ban covers dairy products, vegetables, fruits, aquatic animals and other related products from five Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima and Tochigi. The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine did not say how long the order would remain in effect. The AQSIQ has also asked local quality monitoring authorities to strengthen inspections of radiation levels on other food and agricultural produce imported from the five prefectures. The agency also advised that food and agricultural produce from other regions of Japan should undergo testing and risk analysis for radiation.
(China.org.cn March 28, 2011)