23:15 17 March 2017
Chinese shops pull Japanese food items from shelves over safety fears
By Takuya Karube
BEIJING, March 17, Kyodo
A number of Chinese stores have almost completely pulled Japanese food products from their shelves after a consumer rights show aired this week by China's state-run broadcaster CCTV alleged that some items are from areas affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Kyodo News confirmed Friday that stores in Beijing and Shanghai, at least, as well as some online shops, have stopped selling Japanese food products. Chinese media reports say that the withdrawals have begun in more than 10 major cities, also including Tianjin, Guangzhou and Nanjing.
Some outlets put notices for customers at their emptied shelves explaining that they are carrying out safety checks on Japanese food items after being informed by the government of the broadcast.
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