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Japanese eateries insist food is safe

JAPANESE restaurants in Shanghai were yesterday trying to reassure customers that they had nothing to fear from continuing to eat there.

And in supermarkets, shoppers were stocking up on imported Japanese produce, fearing future supplies could be contaminated or hard to come by. Many restaurant managers interviewed yesterday were keen to stress the safety of their raw materials. Some said their restaurants featured "only Japanese styled cuisines" but the ingredients had not come from Japan.

Many said they used raw fish and beef sourced domestically or from places other than Japan.

Others said they had decided to suspend food imports from Japan because of the radiation scare.

Japanese-style restaurants, such as Wazakura and Tairyo at the Cloud Nine Shopping Mall, said yesterday that their raw materials used to make sushi and other dishes originated from Dalian in Liaoning Province and countries such as Norway.

Some sushi store managers said they planned to stop importing seafood from Japan because of mounting concerns.

Staff at Yoshinoya, a popular Japanese fast food chain featuring beef rice meals, said most of their beef was supplied by domestic producers.

So far, Japanese restaurants have reported no decline in trade but there are indications that custom may fall away in the near future.

At a popular Japanese buffet, some customers, who described themselves as devoted Japanese food lovers, said they had decided to "grasp the last chance" as they would be reluctant to return while there were risks of radiation contamination.

At the Fresh Mart supermarket near Jing'an Temple, foreigners and local people were busy stocking up on sushi and sashimi yesterday.

Some said it may be the last chance to buy Japanese foods in the near future. "The supermarket said goods in stock now were imported before the earthquake," said a customer surnamed Wong, from Hong Kong.

In City Shop on Nanjing Road W., a Japanese woman married to a Chinese man, who has lived in Shanghai for eight years, was busy putting miso and potato starch in her cart.

"I've been rushing to the foreign supermarkets to buy Japanese products in case they stop imports soon," she said. "But even if they continue to import products from Japan, I would be concerned about the possible effects of radiation."

The quake also impacted on private online stores selling cosmetics imported from Japan. Stores on, China's leading online trade platform, have posted notices telling customers they face long delays in getting goods because of logistical difficulties in Japan.

Some vendors said they have been answering inquiries from shoppers concerned that cosmetics imported from Japan would be radioactive.

On the other hand, some new moms are increasing their online orders of Japanese baby formula - which is popular in China following the domestic baby formula scandal.

There are expected to be shortages soon due to transport difficulties and tightened Customs checks.


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