By: Tang Pei-chun, Sofia Yeh, Kelven Huang, Yang Sze-jui and S.C.
Taipei, April 30 (CNA) Visiting former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihido Noda urged Taiwan Thursday to review its policy on restricting imports of Japanese food items suspected of radioactive contamination in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.
Noda was among a group of 10 Japanese lawmakers visiting Taiwan mainly to discuss food safety issues as Taiwan was scheduled to tighten regulations May 15 related to Japanese food imports after it was found that food items from the radiation-affected prefectures of Gunma, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Chiba had made their way illegally into Taiwan last month.
The new measures, requested by the Legislature, require that the specific places of origin, rather than just the country of origin, be listed on Japanese food products. For some products, a radiation inspection certificate will also be required. [FULL STORY]