18 Apr '11, 12am

Chinese worry of nuclear radiation at dining table

BEIJING - 'IS SEAFOOD still edible after the Japanese nuclear leak?' a woman going by the name of bestgirl999 asked on Tianya.cn, one of China's most popular discussion forums. 'I have a growing 1-year-old boy whose diet I wanted to supplement with salmon porridge, but I don't dare feed him that now. Pork and mutton contain 'lean meat powder', chicken meat is injected with hormones and I believe beef also has additives. I can go vegetarian, but what about my baby?' One man replied: 'I'm not eating (seafood) for at least two years.' This online exchange is only one of the countless that reflect the growing paranoia about the safety of food supplies following the partial meltdown of reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which continues to discharge radioactive material into the air and the Pacific Ocean as we write. The severity of the crisis has been up...

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