Russian consumer watchdog agency Rospotrebnadzor has denied entry to around 130 used cars from Japan because of concerns over radioactive contamination from water leaks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which continues to remain a major topic of apprehension for Japan and its neighboring countries. Other cargo coming from the country will be under strict control through 2014, said Rospotrebnadzor on its website.
The website listed used cars and car parts from Japan as those they have banned from entering the country in 2013, indicating that, “Russia has banned 165 batches of contaminated goods from entering the country. There were mainly used cars – 132, and spare parts of vehicles – 33.” Fish from Japan and those caught in the Pacific Ocean were also included in those goods being strictly monitored. “Particular attention is paid to this issue in Russia’s Far East, where radiation control of fish is being widely implemented, including the distribution chain,” said Rospotrebnadzor.
Currently, the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan only allow supply of fish coming from Japan to Russia under a special declaration that states that the presence of radioactive substances in the products is within safety standards indicated by the department. Present checks done by the department have not revealed any fish or other food product that “don’t meet sanitary regulations on radiation indications” yet.
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