Canada tightens controls on Japanese food, animal feed

Fri Apr 1, 2011 9:19am EDT
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canada has tightened its controls on Japanese imports to include all food and animal feed products from areas affected by Japan's ongoing nuclear crisis.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said as of Friday that it requires documentation proving the safety of food and feed products before it will allow them into Canada.

The federal agency has also begun testing radiation levels of Japanese products, it said.

Last week, Canada said it required documents verifying the safety of milk, fruit and vegetables from four Japanese prefectures. Other countries also have imposed restrictions, and Russia's food safety body said on Friday it may ban seafood from areas near the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The Japanese areas affected by Canada's import controls are Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Miyagi, Yamagata, Niigata, Nagano, Yamanashi, Saitama, Tokyo and Chiba.

Above-safety radiation levels have been discovered in some types of vegetables from the Fukushima area in northeast Japan, where a six-reactor nuclear plant was battered by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese government has said. Japan has stopped shipments of vegetables and milk from near the plant.

(Reporting by Rod Nickel; Editing by Walter Bagley)