Despite fears that local fishery products
have been tainted by radiation from Japan…, the Korean government says… there’s nothing
to worry about. The reassurance is not likely to ease concerns
though…, especially after Japanese officials reported that radiation levels from the Fukushima
nuclear plant are 18 times higher than previously thought.
Connie Lee has more. The Korean government is trying to reassure the public that imported
fishery products from Japan are indeed safe, despite the radiation leak. Since 2011… until now,… out of the 66-thousand
plus imported fishery products from Japan,… none of them have exceeded the maximum legal
limit of radiation of 100 becquerel per kilogram. Still… the government is taking extra measures
to prevent any contaminated products by the Fukushima nuclear plant leak… from entering
the local market. On Monday… Korea’s Ministry of Food and
Drug Safety announced that it is thoroughly monitoring fish at local markets, and increasing
the frequency of radiation checks. The ministry says that health officials will
make regular visits to Seoul’s Noryangjin Fish Market, one of the largest markets in
Korea,… and to a warehouse of frozen fish products in Incheon.
Inspectors are also cracking down on labels of all fishery products… to make sure they
clearly state the origin of products. “[We] will continue to inform the public on
the results of the inspections. Looking forward… the inspection results on all imported fishery
products from Japan will be made public every day to ease public concerns.” The results of the radiation checks were first
posted just once a week, but now will be available daily on the ministry’s homepage.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.