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Thought chlorinated chicken was bad? Fukushima food to be imported as restrictions get lifted

Boris Johnson munched on ‘Fukushima popcorn’ as he met with Fumio Kishida, the Japanese prime minister.

May 6, 2022

Those worried about imported chlorinated chicken from America might want to re-think their priorities after Boris Johnson struck a nuclear agreement with the Japanese prime minister, Fumio Kishida.

From now on, fish and vegetables grown near the old Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan can be freely sold in Britain after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) scrapped a rule on radioactivity levels in produce.

The agency reviewed controls ahead of the Japanese PM’s meeting with Johnson, with the pair sharing some ‘Fukushima popcorn’ to mark the lifting of all of the remaining restrictions.

The FSA said: “Our risk assessment shows that removing the 100 becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg) maximum level of radiocaesium for food imported from Japan to the UK would result in a negligible increase in dose and any associated risk to UK consumers.

“Without specific import controls, the emphasis would fall on food businesses to ensure food is safe under General Food Law. However, we would not recommend businesses need to take any precautions beyond their normal due diligence.”

Tesco and Waitrose said they had no immediate plans to introduce the items in store. They are already available in limited quantities at some specialist Japanese grocers.

Downing Street said that the Prime Minister “was pleased Great Britain would soon lift the remaining restrictions on Fukushima”.

May 9, 2022 Posted by | Fuk 2022 | , , | Leave a comment

Philippines lifts ban on Fukushima fish imports

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Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says the lifting of the ban is a gesture of goodwill as the Philippines also seeks to increase the market access of its agriculture exports to Japan
BAN LIFTED. The Department of Agriculture lifts the 7-year import ban on fish coming from Fukushima prefecture in Japan, which was affected by the nuclear power plant meltdown in 2011
May 29, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines lifted the import ban on a number of fish species coming from Japan’s Fukushima prefecture after 7 years, according to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, May 29, Piñol said the order, which approves the proposal of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), serves as a “gesture of goodwill” between Japan and the Philippines.
The Philippines imposed the ban on importing cherry salmon, sand lance, Japanese dace, and ayu or sweetfish in 2012, after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown in 2011.
“I consider the ban, issued by the previous administration, as just a bureaucratic goobbledygook and an overreaction to an issue which did not really affect the Philippines,” Piñol said.
In turn, the Department of Agriculture also hopes to improve the market access of the Philippines’ agriculture exports to Japan by seeking lower tariffs for bananas and pineapples.
Piñol also said they are pushing for the entry of Hass avocado into Japan. (READ: DTI expects $5 billion in signed deals from Duterte’s Japan trip)
The lifting of the ban coincided with President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Japan for Nikkei’s 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia, where he has brought along 200 other delegates. (READ: Duterte promises Japanese businessmen he’ll ‘kill’ their problems) – Rappler.com

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