India Bans All Japan Food Imports

US eateries installing radiation detectors
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2011 6:12 AM CDT
Frozen bluefin tuna are displayed at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – India has slapped a ban on all food imports from Japan out of fear of radiation from the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. The ban will last for three months or until "credible information is available that the radiation hazard has subsided to acceptable limits," the Indian government says. Many other countries have restricted Japanese imports, but India is the first to ban all food imports from the country outright, the Telegraph reports.

The FDA has stepped up inspections of Japanese imports and Japan has announced new radiation standards for fish after finding high levels of radioactive iodine and cesium in fish caught between Fukushima and Tokyo. People could still safely eat around 35 pounds a year of fish containing the levels of cesium Japan detected, a professor of marine sciences tells the New York Times. “You’re not going to die from eating it right away, but we’re getting to levels where I would think twice about eating it," he says. Some fish restaurants in the US have installed a new kitchen gadget: a radiation detector.

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