Japan Unhappy with Taiwan’s Food Labeling Plan

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Japan today responded to Taiwan’s plan to alter regulations because it claims some imported food from Japan is contaminated by radiation from Fukushima.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Taiwan should use “scientific findings” when drafting laws. He called the new regulations “extremely regrettable.”

The new food-labeling regulations may go into effect in mid-May. It would require all food imported from Japan to include the prefecture from which it originated. Taiwan bans food products from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi and Chiba prefectures, but it found that some products from those regions had reached the public.

Between last April 1 and March 1, around 292,000 food samples were tested for radioactive cesium, of which 502, or 0.17%, exceeded the government regulation level, the Japan’s health ministry said.

Update: The new labeling policy will go into effect on May 15, according to The Central News Agency.

Source: The Japan Times


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