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Fukushima food import ban stays, Taiwan rules

AUTHORITIES in Taiwan announced yesterday the postponement of the plan to ease a ban on food imports from radiation-affected areas in Japan.

The island will ensure a sound inspection and management mechanism is in place before considering food products from the affected areas, and there is no timetable.

Taiwan banned food imports from Japan’s Fukushima and nearby prefectures after the 2011 nuclear disaster. Last year, food from near Fukushima with false origin labels were found to have entered the island illegally. Authorities have since demanded that importers submit origin credentials.

Plans to ease the ban angered the public. Public hearings around the island in November were suspended when protesters complained. Under massive public pressure, the island’s food and drug regulator began an inspection of food products from Japan on December 12.


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