Japan food imports ‘safe’
Manama, June 13, 2011
The Japanese Embassy in Bahrain has assured authorities that no contaminated food was exported to foreign countries.
Embassy second secretary Eiichi Sone said Bahrain authorities continued to monitor Japanese imported products due to concerns over nuclear radiation at the Fukushima plant.
“We would like people in Bahrain to know that food produced in area where the nuclear plant is located is severely monitored by the Japanese authorities,” said Sone. “If they are found containing radiation that exceed the level set by the International Commission on Radiological Protection, they are prohibited from going into the market.”
The response by the embassy follows a statement by the Industry and Commerce Ministry last Friday stating that the Health Ministry, customs affairs and environmental control officials had stepped up monitoring all land, sea and air entry points.
This was done to ensure the safety of goods being imported from Japan.
Sone said Japanese electronic goods and cars were among the products popular in Bahrain for many years.
“We are hoping that they continue to be available to people in Bahrain without any problems,” he said. – TradeArabia News Service