Over 130 cars from Japan were not allowed to enter Russia last year due to concerns over the products’ level of radiation that might be caused by the contaminated water leaks at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
The cars coming from Japan will be monitored in 2014 as well, said the Russian consumer watchdog agency Rospotrebnadzor on its website.
“In 2013, Russia has banned 165 batches of contaminated goods from entering the country. There were mainly used cars – 132, and spare parts for vehicles – 33,” the statement said.
Deliveries of fish coming from Japan and those caught in the Pacific Ocean are also being monitored, the agency said according to the international press.
“Particular attention is paid to this issue in Russia’s Far East, where radiation control of fish is being wieldy implemented, including the distribution chain,” Rospotrebnadzor said.
However, the check has revealed that all the fish and other food products have met “sanitary regulations or radiation indicators”, the agency said.
The Fukushima nuclear plant was hit by a violent earthquake and a tsunami in March 2011, which resulted in the world’s biggest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.