India bans Japanese food imports for 3 monthsBy AP News Apr 06, 2011 11:15AM UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — India has banned food imports from Japan for fear of radiation contamination from the country’s tsunami-ravaged nuclear power complex.
An Indian Health Ministry statement says the ban took effect Tuesday and will last three months or until credible information shows the hazard has subsided. The situation will be reviewed weekly.
India was already among several countries that increased testing of Japanese imports after the March 11 disaster.
Scientific experts meeting in New Delhi expressed concern radiation may enter Japan’s food supply chain. Japan already banned sales of certain food items produced near the Fukushima power plant due to radiation in regional vegetables and milk.
Tokyo set radiation safety standards for fish Tuesday after nearby seawater was measured at several million times the legal radiation limit.