Taiwan’s tighter import restrictions on Japanese food lack rational basis

The Japan News
Date: May 19, 2015

The Yomiuri Shimbun  

The restrictions on imports of foodstuffs from Japan, which a number of countries imposed following the disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, have been loosened up globally. Taiwan’s latest move runs counter to this trend. This is quite regrettable.

Taiwan authorities have recently made it mandatory for all foodstuffs produced in and imported from Japan to be accompanied by certificates of origin.

The authorities have thus tightened control of Japanese food imports, in addition to the earlier import ban, still in place, on food items from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Chiba, Tochigi and Gunma prefectures.

Taiwan also calls for radiation testing of seafood products, tea and food for babies and young children produced in designated areas.     [FULL  STORY]

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