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Taiwan Government continues to monitor Japan food imports

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The government will continue to rigorously monitor food products imported from Japan to ensure public health. There had been rumours that Taiwan is considering lifting a ban on food imports from Japanese prefectures close to the site of the Fukushima nuclear disaste.
The ministry is to present a report to a legislative committee today on its on-site inspections of Japanese food imports.

Food imports from the Japanese prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba were suspended on March 25, 2011, because of fears that the areas might have been contaminated by radiation due to the meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Since May 15 last year, companies importing Japanese food products have been required to present certificates of origin to prove that the items do not come from any of the five prefectures.

Radiation inspection certificates are also required for imports like tea, baby food and dairy and aquatic products.

An advance copy of the report said that, as of the end of last month, the inspections on all Japanese food imports have met the new standards.