Taiwan to demand certificates for Japanese food imports


One country is at least becoming aware of the food contamination risks and taking measures to protect its citizens’ health. How about the others?

Oct 31, 2014 
Taiwanese authorities are considering requiring production area certificates for all food imports from Japan and radiation check certificates for some, according to informed sources.

The authorities plan to implement the new policy in 2015 after gauging public opinion.

Following the nuclear accident at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Taiwan banned imports of food products from five prefectures, including Ibaraki, Tochigi and Chiba.

In addition, radiation checks have been conducted on vegetables, fruit and fisheries products imported from Japan.

Production area certificates are currently not required.

Under the envisioned policy, Taiwan would require production area certificates for all food imports from Japan and radiation check certificates by the Japanese government for those subject to current radiation checks and certain other products, such as tea and biscuits.

Consumer groups in Taiwan have been calling for stronger regulations on Japanese food imports.

Source: Japan Times
 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/31/national/taiwan-demand-certificates-japanese-food-imports/

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