(QHA) - Sales of seafood have plummeted in South Korea with consumers following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, according to Euronews.
As reported, crippled by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima plant has had a series of problems in recent months, including radioactive water leaks from storage tanks.
The Noryangjin fish wholesale market in Seoul is one of the largest fish markets in South Korea. But, despite scores of banners promising buyers that the fish is safe, sales are dwindling. Some stalls have even had to close down.
South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety says imports from Japan have vastly decreased and they are doing all they can to ensure no contaminated fish enters their markets.
Lee Soo-Doo, Director of the Foreign Inspection Division of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety explained their policy:
“Currently, all fish imports from the eight prefectures neighbouring Fukushima are banned,” he said.
“Fish from regions other than those eight prefectures must have a radioactivity inspection report or certificate of origin attached. Also, we are conducting radioactivity inspections on every import.”
Due to the radiation leaks in Japanese nuclear plants, consumers have been avoiding purchasing domestic fish since last August.
The aftermath of the leaks continues to influence the markets, with the public still not convinced about the safety of Japanese fish.