Food Contamination Fears Hurting Japanese Restaurants
Mar 22, 2011, 06:59
Food contamination fears have hit sushi restaurants and Japanese eateries across the world. Some sushi restaurants are dropping Japanese fresh food over fears of contamination from radiation released by Japan's damaged nuclear reactors, officials say.
"Our guests' safety is our top priority," said Sari Yong, a spokeswoman for Shangri-La Asia, which has 71 luxury hotel locations worldwide. "As a precaution, we have temporarily stopped importing fresh food from Japan."
The Mandarin Oriental International's hotel in Hong Kong and the city's Four Seasons Hotel have stopped buying food from Japan, The Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald reported Friday.
"Until the situation stabilizes in the country, it seems unlikely that guests will feel comfortable consuming Japanese produce," said Sally De Souza, spokeswoman for the Mandarin Oriental hotel group.
Australian food safety authorities say they are monitoring the potential health risks from imported Japanese food exposed to radiation.
Similar steps are being taken in South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Singapore and the Philippines.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement it is monitoring Japanese food for contamination and weighing steps that "may include increased and targeted product sampling," the Morning Herald reported.
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