China to ban imports of farm products from Japan
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will ban the import of farm produce, including food, edible agricultural products and feedstuff, from 12 areas in Japan, the country's quarantine authorities said, as concerns about radiation contamination mount.
The areas are Tokyo as well as the Japanese prefectures of Fukujima, Gunma, Ibaraki, Miyagi, Niigata, Nagano, Saitama, Yamagata, Yamanashi, Chiba and Tochigi, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement published on its website, www.aqsiq.gov.cn, late on Friday.
The latest measure was an expansion of a ban China announced on the import of some Japanese food and agricultural products late last month, state media said on Saturday.
The Xinhua news agency said the government widened its ban to the 12 areas from five in late March.
Several countries have banned agricultural and animal imports from the areas near Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear plant because of fear of radioactive contamination.
(Reporting by Lu Jianxin and Jacqueline Wong; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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