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Korea fearful over Japan's radioactive fish Updated: 2013-08-19 22:01:20 KST

 Korea fearful over Japan's radioactive fish
Korean consumers remain concerned about the growing rumors that fishery products imported from Japan are dangerous to eat.
According to data, 1-hundred-59 tons of Japanese fishing goods were brought into Korea in 2011, when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima region in Japan, and last year alone, a total of more than 2,700 tons of products were imported by Korea.
From these Japanese goods, radioactive cesium was detected at a level of one becquerel to as high as 98 becquerels per kilogram.
The government has allowed the products into the country, as the figure still stands below the country's limit of 1-hundred becquerels.
Japanese farm products and processed foods on the other hand, go through an eight-week long radioactive check and are returned, if even a small amount of harmful material is detected.
The government says this double standard is inevitable due to technical issues and the fact that the food storage period is different for each food group.
While the government reiterates its stance saying the fishery products are safe to eat, mothers with young children are still not at ease on the issue.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.
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