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.
Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player. ...
Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden....
Hain Celestial, under the scrutiny of the investment community in recent months and facing some challenges in its domestic market, has announced another shuffling of its management pack....
FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant....
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