CORRECTED - Japan mulls ban on Fukushima area food products

Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:14pm EDT

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(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)