March 18th, 2011
12:15 PM ET
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Beijing (CNN) - Chinese shoppers in Beijing and Shanghai cleared salt from supermarket shelves Thursday amid fears of a potential radiation crisis from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Government officials and experts attempted to calm fears by emphasizing that radiation levels in 41 cities across China remain normal.

Staff from multiple branches of the French supermarket chain Carrefour reported that their supplies of salt have been sold out since Thursday morning in Beijing.

A Shanghai branch reported the same.

Small, local and independently-run grocery stores in Beijing told CNN they have also run out of salt supplies for the first time in recent memory.

Read the full story "Chinese scramble to buy salt as radiation fears grow" on CNN Asia.

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  1. Mr Bojangles

    Jdizzle, you so stupid!

    March 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  2. Jdizzle McHammerpants

    That happened here when the alien slugs came and tried to invade. Salt was an effective weapon against the invasion force, though it came at a high price. We lost many men.

    March 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • Schlangemann

      They shall not soon be forgotten.

      Don't forget the "cup of beer" trick either...

      April 14, 2011 at 9:43 am |
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