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EU to relax curbs on Japan food imports

11:08 pm, February 22, 2014

Jiji Press BRUSSELS (Jiji Press)—The European Commission will relax the European Union’s restrictions on food imports from Japan, which were introduced after the Fukushima nuclear accident in March 2011, the commission said Friday.

The decision is based on examinations of more than 85,000 items, the EU’s policy-steering body said.

The EU plans to accept from April 1 foods produced in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture and green tea leaves harvested in Shizuoka Prefecture without checking their radiation levels.

Radiation checks are currently required on food imports from 15 prefectures, including Fukushima, home to the disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station of Tokyo Electric Power Co.

The commission also said radiation checks will be conducted on fewer products from Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Miyagi, Saitama, Iwate and Chiba prefectures.


February 22, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized


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    Food safety: Commission reviews measures on imports from Japan

    EU News 73/2014

    20 February 2014

    Experts meeting in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) endorsed a Commission proposal to revise rules on import conditions of food and feed originating from Japan following the Fukushima nuclear accident.

    Existing restrictions for food and feed imports coming from the prefecture Fukushima are maintained whereas control measures have been reviewed for several other prefectures.

    Based on over 85,000 samples of products harvested in the third growing season after the nuclear accident, the restrictive measures in place have been lifted for 2 prefectures (Tokyo and Kanagawa) and have been eased for 7 other prefectures (Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Miyagi, Saitama, Iwate and Chiba) . For 4 other prefectures (Shizuoka, Yamanashi, Niigata and Aomori), restrictive measures remain in place for mushrooms and for 3 other prefectures (Nagano and two newly included prefectures Akita and Yamagata) restrictive measures have been put in place for a few products (mushrooms and a few edible wild plants). For the control at import, a further reduction of the frequency of controls will apply.

    Based on the monitoring results from the 2014 growing season, it is foreseen to undertake a review of these measures shortly before 31 March 2015.

    The measures will be published at the end of March 2014 following the adoption of the proposal by the Commission and are foreseen to enter into force on 1 April 2014.
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