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China pulls Japanese food from shelves after TV report

By Hideo Kamata / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterThere are increasing moves to remove food products made in Japan from store shelves in China, following a China Central Television (CCTV) report that said food subject to a Chinese government import ban are circulating in the country.

The Chinese government imposed an import ban on food products from Tokyo and nine prefectures including Fukushima, Tochigi and Niigata after the 2011 nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

In a program aired Wednesday, CCTV reported that food from the banned areas, including cereal and powdered milk from Tochigi and Niigata, were being sold at supermarkets and other stores.

The Chinese trading company that imported the food said in rebuttal, “We have imported the food through legitimate channels.”

A Japan-affiliated convenience store in Beijing removed all products made in Japan, including items not listed in the CCTV report, from its shelves immediately after the program went on air.Speech

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