South Korea bans some Japan food on radiation fears

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea has banned food imports from four areas of Japan affected by the country’s nuclear crisis until radiation concerns are lifted, the prime minister’s office said on Friday.

The ban applies to food products from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures and could be expanded if necessary, the government said in a statement.

It said tests of food products from Japan had yet to uncover any instances of radiation contamination, but pledged to publicize the test results and information on radiation levels in Japan via government Web sites to ease public concerns.

As worries grew over the risk to food safety of radiation from the damaged Fukushima power plant, 250 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, the United States became the first nation to block some food imports from the disaster zone.

(Reporting by Jumin Park and Cho Mee-young; Editing by David Chance and Jonathan Hopfner)

South Korea bans some Japan food on radiation fears