Blog: WHO claims radiation risk to food in Japan
Petah Marian | 21 March 2011
Concerns about the safety of food following the earthquake that damaged a Japanese nuclear plant may be more more serious than first feared.
Speaking to Reuters, Peter Cordingley, the Manila-based spokesperson for the World Health Organisation's office for the Western Pacific, said today (21 March) that the situation is "a lot more serious than anybody thought in the early days when we thought that this kind of problem can be limited to 20-30 kilometres".
Japanese officials have assured the public the levels of radiation in food are not dangerous, although it has prohibited the sale of raw milk from the Fukushima prefecture and spinach from another nearby area, with further restrictions likely to be announced.
Meanwhile, the EU has advised EU governments to check levels of radioactivity in food and feed imports from Japan.
Local manufacturers continue to struggle. Meiji has closed some eight facilities temporarily, while Kikkoman has reported that one of its plants has been damaged.
Nestle, meanwhile, has experienced minor damage to one of its plants but it is partially resuming production. Its sales office in Sendai was damaged and work there was moved to a neighbouring prefecture, a spokesperson told just-food today.
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A new report by the Soil Association has highlighted a lack of healthy lunch options at the cafes of some of the UK's most prestigious visitor attractions....
The BBC turned to just-food today for insight on the price dispute between Tesco and Unilever....
Just weeks after buying UK turkey processor Bernard Matthews from administration, food tycoon Ranjit Boparan has struck a similar deal....
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