PH halts importing Japanese chocolate for now
(SPOT.ph) The Philippines will temporarily stop importing chocolate milk products from the radiation-affected areas in Japan, reports GMA News Online. The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) said yesterday that they have issued a verbal order to importers, saying they will stop releasing veterinary quarantine clearances for such products.
BAI Director Efren Nuestro has also ordered the recall of products shipped from Japan after March 11, when an earthquake and tsunami hit the country, causing explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Since then, some agriculture products from Japan have been found contaminated with nuclear radiation, reports GMA News Online.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said the agency will randomly test Japanese mackerel. "Although Japan is not a primary source of food products, it will be prudent to test the products first before we release the same to the market," GMA News Online quoted BFAR Director Malcolm Sarmiento Jr.
According to GMA News Online, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been testing for radiation in imported products from Japan. As of Wednesday, the FDA has found that the products are safe to eat.
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