Japanese Foods Banned in Australia and Singapore

Singapore has suspended food imports from four northeastern and eastern Japan prefectures where above-normal levels of radioactive substances were detected in some vegetables and milk due to a quake- and tsunami-caused nuclear accident.

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore “has taken the precautionary measure to immediately suspend the import of milk, milk products, fruits and vegetables, seafood and meat from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma,” it said Wednesday.
The import suspension was decided also on the fact that the Japanese government has ordered Fukushima and Ibaraki Prefectures to halt shipments of certain vegetables and raw milk due to the radiation contamination, the AVA said.

In a related development in the Asia-Pacific region, binational government agency Food Standards Australia New Zealand said Thursday it has requested the Australian quarantine authority to issue an order to stop imports of similar food products from the four prefectures.

FSANZ said it is a precautionary measure, pointing out that Australia does not import milk or fresh produce from Japan and purchases only a very small amount of marine products.

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