WHO: Food contaminated by radiation a big risk

GENEVA - (AP) - The World Health Organization says Japan needs toact quickly and ban food sales from areas around the damagedFukushima nuclear plant if the food there is found to containexcessive levels of radiation.

A spokesman for the Geneva-based agency says radiation in foodcan accumulate in the body and poses a greater risk to health thanradioactive particles in the air, which disperse within days.

WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told The Associated Press on Monday"they're going to have to take some decisions quickly in Japan toshut down and stop food being used completely from zones which theyfeel might be affected."

The global body doesn't have any radiation experts of its own inJapan and says any policy decision must be taken by the Japanesegovernment.

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