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Seoul bans imports of 35 Japanese marine products

All Headlines 10:01 June 27, 2012

SEOUL, June 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Wednesday placed a temporary import ban on 35 Japanese fisheries products, citing dangers of radiation contamination.

The move follows Tokyo's own decision to ban sales of the 35 fisheries products from Fukushima where a powerful earthquake and tsunami last year led to the worst radiation leak in Japan's history.

No shipments of the banned products have been made to South Korea since the accident at Fukushima's nuclear plant in March 2011, according to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

"It is a precautionary measure that says the country will not import anything that has been banned for the people of Japan," said Jeon Jong-min, chief of the ministry's enforcement and safety division.

The banned items include specific types of flatfish, clams and sea urchins. Seoul's latest import ban put at 64 the number of Japanese marine products prohibited from entering South Korea.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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