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Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 07.17 GMT

SLPA ensures safety of imported goods


The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) together with Sri Lanka Customs (SLC) and the Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Authority (SAEA) are taking action for the inspection of in bound containers under the Mega Ports Initiative jointly commissioned by the US Energy Department and the Ministry of Ports in 2006.

This also covers checks for radiation to ensure the safety of imported goods.

According to SLPA, Sri Lanka is the first country in the Indian subcontinent to embark on establishing the Container Security Initiative (CSI) under which substances of explosive nature utilized for weapons of mass destruction and Mega Ports Initiative where material is scanned for radioactivity jointly by the SLPA and SLC

Meanwhile, the Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has already given instructions to suspend shipment of vegetables produced in the areas near the Fukushima nuclear plant and neighboring Ibaraki after it became clear that radiation levels much higher than legal limits were detected in some vegetables grown in Fukushima.

However, Sri Lanka is not a major importer of food from Japan.

This clarifies our story titled 'Radiation checks for Japan imports' published on 21 March 2011.






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