SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, August 29, 2019 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government said that it will intensively conduct radiation and safety testing of Japanese agricultural and fishery products for a month from August 29 to September 27.
Although the government has banned fishery products from eight Japanese prefectures and 27 agricultural products from 14 prefectures since the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in 2011, there are still growing concerns among citizens over imported food from Japan.
In cooperation with the Korea Radiation Watch Organization, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will collect a total of 160 Japanese food products including 80 agricultural and marine products that are being sold at Noryangjin Wholesale Fisheries Market, Garak Agriculture and Fishery Market and large retailers and 80 processed foods and snacks using Japanese ingredients, and then conduct the testing through the Seoul Metropolitan Government Research Institute of Public Health and Environment. The testing is conducted to detect radioactive substances in the foods imported from Japan, not only measuring the concentration of radioactive iodine (131I) and cesium (134Cs, 137Cs), but also inspecting the basic food standards to increase the food safety.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has three high-performance Germanium Gamma-Nuclear Analyzer devices at the Institute of Public Health and Environment for the radiation testing and is conducting inspections on foods in accordance with the Korean Food Standards Codex Testing.
The testing this time will be conducted twice a week for one month until September 27. The results that are released in seven to ten days after the inspection will be made public both on the city government’s official website (http://news.seoul.go.kr/welfare/nuclear#list/1) and the food safety information website (http://fsi.seoul.go.kr/front/index.do) in real-time orderly.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has strengthened food safety tests to relieve the citizens’ anxiety over possible radioactive contamination of Japanese food, and also plans to extend the period of the inspection, or increase its frequency depe
nding on the results of the inspection this time.