The soy sauce packets from the five Japanese prefectures were found packaged with different fermented soybean products in Taiwan.
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Despite a ban on food imports from five Japanese prefectures said to have been affected by radioactive contamination, soy sauce packets from these areas were found packaged with different fermented soybean products. Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a nationwide recall on Monday and will implement batch-by-batch customs inspections of Japanese foods in combo packs starting Monday.
An increasing number of soy sauce packets included with ready-to-eat fermented soybean products, also known as natto, have been recently found have been made in radioactive-affected Japanese prefectures whose food exports are banned in the country. The products in question are available on shelves of local Shinkong Mitsukoshi supermarkets under the brand name of Kajinoya and supermarket chains RT Mart under the brand name Yoshinoya.
Taiwan has initiated a ban on imports of food products from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba prefectures in Japan, areas that were contaminated with radiation since the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011 triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami. [FULL STORY]