Rumors in some Chinese cities, starting Wednesday (March 16th),  claimed that radiation had leaked into the sea from the nuclear power  plant in Fukushima, Japan, compromising the future safety of salt taken  from the sea — and that iodized salt could help guard against radiation poisoning — set off a stream of hoarding, shortages, and price gouging of salt supplies.

Figures from China Salt showed that 370,000 tonnes of edible salt  were sold on Thursday, which was equivalent to the amount normally sold  in 24 days.
The National Development and Reform Commission ordered a crackdown on hoarding of daily  necessities, urging that local price control authorities counter rumors  about shortages of daily necessities and hoarding of these goods.

Rumors in some Chinese cities, starting Wednesday (March 16th), claimed that radiation had leaked into the sea from the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, compromising the future safety of salt taken from the sea — and that iodized salt could help guard against radiation poisoning — set off a stream of hoarding, shortages, and price gouging of salt supplies.

Figures from China Salt showed that 370,000 tonnes of edible salt were sold on Thursday, which was equivalent to the amount normally sold in 24 days.

The National Development and Reform Commission ordered a crackdown on hoarding of daily necessities, urging that local price control authorities counter rumors about shortages of daily necessities and hoarding of these goods.

(Source: news.xinhuanet.com)