Japanese food imports held for radiation risk assessment

AUSTRALIA has moved to ensure no Japanese food imports pose a health threat as concern grows about radiation contamination from the nation’s damaged nuclear reactors.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) last week announced a holding order had been placed on all food from Japan so it could be reviewed by quarantine authorities.

The products posing most concern are milk, fresh produce, and fresh or frozen seaweed and seafood. 

Most Japanese imports to Australia and New Zealand are sauces and seaweed-based products.

The risk of Australian consumers being exposed to radionuclides in food from Japan was “negligible”, FSANZ said.