Australia restricts Japanese food imports

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s government said on Thursday it would impose restrictions on food imports from areas near a stricken Japanese nuclear power plant, but said the risk to consumers was negligible due to limited imports.

Australia’s regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) said on its website that it was a “precautionary measure, and consistent with approaches internationally.”

It said the restrictions covered the Japanese prefectures of Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki and Tochigi, and affected milk and milk products, fresh fruit and vegetables, seaweed and seafood (fresh and frozen).

(Reporting by Rob Taylor; Editing by Ed Davies)

Australia restricts Japanese food imports