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WHO: Food contaminated by radiation a big risk

 A woman shops for vegetables at a market Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Tokyo. Japan announced the first signs that contamination from its tsunami-crippl...
 A worker stocks tomatoes from Tochigi Prefecture at a market Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Tokyo. Japan announced the first signs that contamination fro...
 A man looks at a package of spinach from Chiba Prefecture on sale at a market Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Tokyo. Japan announced the first signs that ...
 A woman passes spinach from Ibaraki Prefecture on sale at a market Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Tokyo. Japan announced the first signs that contaminati...
 Chiyoko Kaizuka, 83-year old farmer, weeds her spinach field Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Moriya, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. Japan announced the first s...
 Chiyoko Kaizuka, 83-year old farmer, weeds a spinach field Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Moriya, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. Japan announced the first sig...
 Chiyoko Kaizuka, 83-year old farmer, weeds a spinach field Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Moriya, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. Japan announced the first sig...
 Chiyoko Kaizuka, 83-year old farmer, stands at her spinach field Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Moriya, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. Japan announced the fir...
 Chiyoko Kaizuka, 83-year old farmer, stands at her spinach field Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Moriya, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. Japan announced the fir...

Japan Earthquake

A woman shops for vegetables at a market Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Tokyo. Japan announced the first signs that contamination from its tsunami-crippl...

Japan Earthquake

A worker stocks tomatoes from Tochigi Prefecture at a market Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Tokyo. Japan announced the first signs that contamination fro...

Japan Earthquake

A man looks at a package of spinach from Chiba Prefecture on sale at a market Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Tokyo. Japan announced the first signs that ...

Japan Earthquake

A woman passes spinach from Ibaraki Prefecture on sale at a market Sunday, March 20, 2011, in Tokyo. Japan announced the first signs that contaminati...

Japan Earthquake

Chiyoko Kaizuka, 83-year old farmer, weeds her spinach field Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Moriya, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. Japan announced the first s...

Japan Earthquake

Chiyoko Kaizuka, 83-year old farmer, weeds a spinach field Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Moriya, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. Japan announced the first sig...

Japan Earthquake

Chiyoko Kaizuka, 83-year old farmer, weeds a spinach field Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Moriya, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. Japan announced the first sig...

Japan Earthquake

Chiyoko Kaizuka, 83-year old farmer, stands at her spinach field Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Moriya, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. Japan announced the fir...

Japan Earthquake

Chiyoko Kaizuka, 83-year old farmer, stands at her spinach field Sunday, March 20, 2011 in Moriya, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. Japan announced the fir...

The World Health Organization says Japan needs to act quickly and ban food sales from areas around the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant if the food there is found to contain excessive levels of radiation.
A spokesman for the Geneva-based agency says radiation in food can accumulate in the body and poses a greater risk to health than radioactive particles in the air, which disperse within days.
WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told The Associated Press on Monday "they're going to have to take some decisions quickly in Japan to shut down and stop food being used completely from zones which they feel might be affected."
The global body doesn't have any radiation experts of its own in Japan and says any policy decision must be taken by the Japanese government.


Updated : 2020-12-06 02:02 GMT+08:00