Last updated: 15.04.11

FSA to monitor Japanese imports for food hygiene

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced it is to begin monitoring food hygiene levels for imported products from Japan to ensure maximum levels of radioactive elements are not exceeded.

It is in response to the accident that befell the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Daiichi and the subsequent exposure of certain exports to higher levels of radiation than normal.

The FSA is working to guidelines set out in the pre-export controls that have been implemented by the Japanese authorities, with these levels being monitored and amended as and when it is appropriate to do so.

Elsewhere, UK food hygiene professionals are also on alert regarding the possible infiltration of a new parasite into the country's oyster population.

Martin Laity of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain told listeners of the BBC Radio 4 Farming Today podcast that the discovery of a new parasite could have food hygiene professionals targeting oysters over the coming months to ensure all produce is free from harm.