Fresh fall- out warn­ings is­sued

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

TOKYO yes­ter­day warned that ra­dioac­tive io­dine over twice the safe level for in­fants had been de­tected in its tap wa­ter due to the disas­ter at a quake-hit nu­clear plant north­east of Ja­pan’s cap­i­tal.

The news com­pounded fears over the im­pact of the crip­pled Fukushima power sta­tion that also led the gov­ern­ment to ban farm pro­duce from ar­eas near the charred com­plex, where emer­gency crews were bat­tling to pre­vent a melt­down.

The United States blocked im­ports of dairy and other pro­duce from ar­eas near the plant, which has been belch­ing ra­di­a­tion since it was hit by a pow­er­ful quake and tsunami on March 1.

France urged the Euro­pean Union to also con­trol food im­ports.

The gov­ern­ment ad­vised res­i­dents to avoid us­ing tap wa­ter to make in­fant for­mula un­til fur­ther no­tice.

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