Philippines: Tiny amounts of radiation from Japan detected

March 29, 2011 08:57

MANILA - Tiny amounts of airborne radiation from the stricken Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant have been detected in the Philippines, but the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) said on Tuesday it was no threat to the public.

The nuclear agency said in its daily bulletin it had detected "very tiny amounts of radioactive isotopes which appeared to be coming from the Fukushima nuclear power plant."

"The radiation levels are very low and do not pose human health hazards," it said.

Last week, the agency tested samples of processed food items imported from Japan before the disaster to set a baseline for radiation levels in Japanese products.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona has said there was no need to impose food import ban from Japan, although an agency from the agriculture department has recommended suspending import permits for milk products from four areas near the nuclear power plant.

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