SEOULSouth Korea's presidential office said Wednesday it has tested the radiation level of the pine mushrooms sent by North Korea and confirmed they are safe to eat before giving them as gifts to separated families.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent two tons of pine mushrooms as a gift for President Moon Jae-in following their September summit. Moon gave the expensive mushrooms to 4,000 South Koreans who are separated from their family members in the North as a present ahead of the Chuseok holiday.
Moon's office said the North Korean mushrooms contained 0.034 sv of radiation, similar to a level found in natural foods and far lower than the permissible level of 1,000 sv set by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
"Cheong Wa Dae conducted the radiation test on (the mushrooms) like it does when purchasing food ingredients," the presidential office said in a release. "They also went through plant quarantine process upon arriving at Seoul Air Base."
The presidential office revealed the test results after an opposition lawmaker claimed Tuesday that the government did not test the safety of the mushrooms sent to the separated families.
Source: Yonhap News Agency