India is the first country to introduce a blanket ban on imports of food articles from Japan. India has imposed a three-month ban on imports of food articles from the whole of Japan on fears that radiation from an earthquake-hit nuclear plant was spreading to other parts of the country.
Following the month long- unsuccessful attempts, to safely secure the Fukushima nuclear power plant in central Japan crippled by an earthquake and tsunami, it has become felt need that the ban is necessary.
"Import of food articles coming from Japan stand suspended with immediate effect for a period of three months or till such time as credible information is available that the radiation hazard has subsided to acceptable limits," a statement said from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, after the meeting held by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
"After detailed discussions by FSSAI, it was concluded that since the radiation is spreading/expanding horizontally in other parts of Japan, it may result in further radioactive contamination in the supply chain of food exports from Japan," the statement added.
A number of countries have imposed bans on dairy products, meat, fish and other produce from areas near the crippled nuclear power plant. Many others are monitoring radiation levels in goods imported from Japan.
Weekly reviews will be carried out by India's food safety authority, the statement added.