Radioactive food fears grow in Japan

Source: ABC News

Japan is continuing to deal with a nuclear emergency as fears of food contamination grow and high levels of radioactive substances are found in seawater near the crippled Fukushima plant.

The news comes amid another setback in efforts to cool the earthquake-crippled nuclear plant, with officials spotting grey smoke coming from the roof of the No. 3 reactor.

Some workers were temporarily evacuated from the nuclear plant, 250km north-east of Tokyo, but there are reports smoke can no longer be seen rising from that reactor.

The World Health Organisation says the detection of radiation in food is a more serious problem than first expected and food contamination is not a localised problem.

Four prefectures have been singled out, but it says there is no evidence of contaminated food from Fukushima reaching other countries.

Shipments of spinach and similar vegetables will be banned and exports of milk from Fukushima prefecture will also be curtailed.

Speaking through a translator, chief government spokesman Yukio Edano maintained there was no health threat.

“For a precautionary measure we are taking these actions. Please don’t panic,” he said.

Tap water with increased radiation levels has also been detected in some towns, which WHO says is a serious concern.

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