China threatens food ban if Fukushima water released

In a recent declaration, China confirmed its decision to maintain the prohibition on food imports from nearly one-fifth of Japan’s prefectures. This decision stems from ongoing safety apprehensions following Japan’s plan to release Fukushima wastewater into the ocean.

On Friday, Chinese customs stated it would additionally perform meticulous scrutiny of documents for food imports, with particular attention to aquatic products, from other Japanese regions.

The objective behind these measures is to halt the importation of potentially radioactively contaminated Japanese food into China and thereby safeguard the food safety of Chinese imports, as per China’s statement.

China, which represents the biggest market for Japanese seafood exports, has expressed profound disapproval of Japan’s strategy to discharge treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear facility into the Pacific.

The announcement follows the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s endorsement earlier this week for Japan to begin releasing over a million metric tons of water employed for cooling the plant’s fuel rods post the 2011 tsunami-induced devastation.

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