Russia’s Rospotrebnadzor consumer rights protection agency has barred over 165 batches of Japanese products, including 132 used cars and 33 batches of spare parts, from entering Russia, citing radioactive pollution concerns, the agency said on its website.
Rospotrebnadzor has been thoroughly monitoring radiation levels in all Japanese imports, particularly food products, ever since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
Concerns over ongoing leaks of radioactive water from the Fukushima plant into the Pacific Ocean have pushed the agency to tighten radiation control in Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District.
No Japanese food imports are allowed into Russia unless having official papers issued by a relevant and competent Japanese body, confirming that the level of radioactive substances in them is below the required norm established by the Customs Union. In addition, all food products from Japan must undergo a compulsory check for radioactive cesium, Rospotrebnadzor explained.