CORRECTED - Japan mulls ban on Fukushima area food products
(IAEA corrects statement to say Japan is considering a ban, not has applied ban already)
VIENNA, March 19 (Reuters) - Japan has confirmed the presence of radioactive iodine contamination in food products from near a crippled nuclear plant and is considering whether to order a halt to the sale of such products from the area, the U.N. nuclear body said on Saturday.
"Though radioactive iodine has a short half-life of about 8 days and decays naturally within a matter of weeks, there is a short-term risk to human health if radioactive iodine in food is absorbed into the human body," the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement. (Reporting by Fredrik Dahl)