March 30, 2011 / 6:29 PM / in 8 years

Singapore got cabbages from Japan with radiation

VIENNA (Reuters) - Singapore has reported that some cabbages imported from Japan had radiation levels up to nine times the levels recommended for international trade, officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Wednesday.

“The Singapore authorities sent reports on measurements in food imported from Japan, namely cabbages ... some samples were over the Codex Alimentarius values recommended for international trade,” Denis Flory of the IAEA said.

Another official at the same news conference said the Codex level for radioactive iodine was 100 becquerels per kg.

“One of the samples in Singapore was up to nine times that level,” the official, David Byron, said. He is a U.N. food agency official who is currently seconded to the IAEA in Vienna.

“Other samples were also over that level,” he said, although not as much.

Codex standards are guidelines which are not mandatory and it is up to the country concerned what to do with the affected product, he added.

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