China checks food, water for radiation in 14 areas

Low levels of radioactive iodine-131 were detected in air above Heilongjiang.

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 13:53 PM IST

Beijing: Chinese health authorities say they are monitoring food and drinking water for radiation contamination in 14 provinces and cities in northeastern and coastal areas, after low levels of radioactive material were detected in the northeast.

China has been on high alert for contamination since a nuclear power plant in neighbouring Japan started leaking radiation after being damaged in a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Chinese authorities say low levels of radioactive iodine-131 were detected in the air above China`s northeastern Heilongjiang province over the weekend.

The Health Ministry said on its website on Monday that the radioactive material in Heilongjiang was "extremely weak" and did not pose a threat to public health.
Bureau Report