By: Claudia Liu, Hsieh Chia-chen, Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, April 26 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Sunday that Taiwan and
Japan should work together to restore Taiwanese people’s confidence in Japanese food products, a Presidential Office spokesman said.
Taiwan’s relevant agencies will explain Taiwan’s policy on Japanese food products, Ma said, according to the spokesman, just days before a Japanese delegation is to visit Taiwan, with the safety issue high on the agenda when it meets with Taiwanese lawmakers.
Taiwanese consumers have grown wary of food items from Japan after several were found on local store shelves with falsified labels to hide the fact they were produced in places affected by Japan’s nuclear disaster in March 2011.
After the disaster, Taiwan imposed a ban on the import of food produced in the five nuclear-affected prefectures– Gunma, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Chiba. [FULL STORY]