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China expands ban on Japan food

China has expanded its import ban on food and produce from Japan over fears of radioactive contamination from a nuclear plant crippled by the March 11 quake and tsunami, state media reported Saturday.

The ban, which came into force Friday, includes foodstuffs, farm produce and fodder from 12 prefectures near the Fukushima plant, up from five in the original ban, Xinhua news agency said, quoting a statement from the quarantine and food safety administration.

The administration also demanded that food imports from other areas be accompanied by certificates showing they were free of radioactivity and giving their places of origin.

Beijing has expressed concern over the release into the sea of radioactive water from the nuclear power plant and urged its neighbour to protect the marine environment.

China last Saturday said it had detected 10 cases of radioactive contamination among passengers, aircraft, ships and containers arriving from Japan since March 16.

Similar bans on imports of food from areas near the stricken plant have been imposed by Russia, the United States, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.

The European Union Friday tightened the acceptable level of radiation in Japanese food imports.

Nearly a month after the magnitude-9.0 quake and resulting tsunami which devastated northeast Japan, emergency operations to contain the danger from the leaking plant have not yet been completed.

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