South: Fish imports from Japan turning up radioactive

Kyodo

South Korea is finding radioactive materials in fishery products from Japan with increased frequency but has no immediate plans to ban imports as the radiation levels are far below safety limits, the Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday, citing an unidentified inspection agency official.

“The frequency of radiation detection appears to be rising as two reactors at the Fukushima plant are currently leaking radiation,” the official at the Animal, Plant, Fisheries Quarantine and Inspection Agency was quoted as saying.

“But there has not yet been any case where Japanese fisheries products have been banned, as the level of cesium found in the products is still far below the international standard,” the official said.

The highest level of radiation detected in Japanese products this year is 6.24 becquerels, about 1.7 percent of the maximum intake limit of 370 becquerels.

A becquerel is a unit of measurement for radioactivity levels in terms of the number of atomic disintegrations per second.

The highest level of radiation detected in Japanese products since the nuclear accident was 97.90 becquerels.

In January and February, South Korea detected traces of radioactive materials, including cesium, in 32 separate shipments of fisheries products from Japan.