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The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the detection of radioactive contamination in food from areas affected by the current nuclear emergency in Japan is a problem "more serious than expected."
"Clearly this is a serious situation," he told Reuters from Manila office spokesman for the WHO Western Pacific Peter Cordingley. "It's more serious than previously thought in the early days, when it was believed that such problems are limited to a radius of 20 to 30 kilometers," he said.
Although Japanese officials have said that is of no health problems, detection of radiation on plants, dry milk and water has affected the regional food markets.
The government has banned the sale of fresh milk from Fukushima Prefecture and spinach grown in other nearby areas. On Monday it announced new restrictions on food.
According to Cordingley, the WHO has no evidence that contamination of food from Fukushima prefecture - where the nuclear plant FUKUSHIN-1, severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11 - has affected other countries.
"We could not establish any relationship between FUKUSHIN-1 and exports, but it is conceivable that some contaminated products have left the area," he admitted.
Experts from the WHO in Geneva, went Cordingley, are trying to obtain the maximum possible information on the crisis to issue new recommendations over on Monday.
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