Vietnam to maintain radiation check on foods from Japan

Vietnam will test all imported foodstuffs from Japan, following the announcement by the Japanese Ministry of Health that vegetables and products from areas near the Fukushima nuclear plant may be contaminated.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development made this announcement on March 30. Vietnam has recently enhanced its import restrictions adding additional caution to the country’s existing import controls. These controls will prevent the entry of certain foods from affected areas of Japan.

 Relevant agencies under the ministry, will quarantine most of the containers from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma for radiation tests. Should these responsible agencies discover any contamination in the foodstuffs, they will re-export them.

The relevant agencies are currently keeping 396.27 kilograms of imported aquatic products in harbors for radiation testing.

Containers arriving via Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat Airport, Hai Phong and Sai Gon harbors will be subjected to radiation checks. However, Vietnam has not detected any Japanese contaminated food so far.

By V. Phuc - Translated by Bao Uyen

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