US halts food imports from Japan nuclear zone

March 23, 2011 08:41

TOKYO - The United States became the first nation to block imports from ally Japan's radiation zone, saying it will halt milk, vegetable and fruit from areas near the tsunami-smashed nuclear plant because of contamination fears.

The Food and Drug Administration's decision to stop imports from four Japanese prefectures in the crisis-hit northeast crystallized international anxiety about the impact of the worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl in 1986.

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