Thursday 26 January 2012
Food imports rise
Japanese financial newspaper The Nikkei, reported that the nation’s food imports increased 12.4 percent year-on-year in the January-November period. This was partly due to lower domestic production in the post-Tsunami period, but also to lingering consumer health concerns over radiation risk in domestically-produced foodstuffs.
Beef imports (from all supplier countries, not just Australia) followed a similar pattern, rising 7.1pc in volume terms and 10.1pc in value over the same 11-month period. Supermarkets and restaurant chains increased their use of imported meat due to consumers' radiation concerns over domestic beef, Nikkei reported.
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