S. Korea to Tighten Radiation Checks on Japanese Food

Politics

Seoul, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)--The South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said Wednesday that it will strengthen radiation inspections on some food products imported from Japan.

Amid worsening bilateral relations between Tokyo and Seoul, questions over the safety of Japanese food have been raised again in South Korea, sources familiar with the situation said.

Worries over the safety of food contaminated with radiation are growing among the public, a ministry official said.

Beginning on Friday, South Korea will conduct sample radiation checks twice, up from once, on 17 items, including processed fishery products and tea.

The South Korean government currently bans imports of fishery products from eight Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima, northeastern Japan, and agricultural products from 14 prefectures.

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