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Inspectors find foods from Japan’s nuclear disaster zone

Inspectors find foods from Japan’s nuclear disaster zone

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Inspectors in New Taipei City found more than 2 tons of food products from Japan’s Fukushima area which had been relabeled as being produced in Tokyo, while in Hsinchu health authorities also found food from five areas in Japan affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster, reports said Tuesday.
More than 70 boxes found at importers’ warehouses in New Taipei showed the wrong Chinese-language labeling, which would imply forgery, the Chinese-language Apple Daily reported on its website.
A total of 2,391 kilograms of food products were sealed, including five boxes which were past their sell-by dates, reports said.
Violators could face fines of up to NT$3 million (US$96,000), and in serious cases they could also see their business licenses withdrawn. The supermarkets and other stores found selling the product were likely to set up buy-back schemes for products sold to consumers after March 11, 2011, the date of the tsunami which caused the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Also on Tuesday, the Hsinchu City health authorities sent inspectors to department stores and supermarkets to remove food products from five areas in Japan affected by the nuclear calamity. Taiwan banned the import of foodstuffs from several areas affected by radiation.
A total of 241 products, including pot noodles, milk tea, macha green tea, coffee and soy sauce were found and removed from shelves by the Hsinchu inspectors.
Up to eight companies in Taiwan had imported the potentially tainted products from the five areas in Japan, reports said. The prefectures were named as Fukushima, Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki and Chiba.
The products were on sale at prominent department stores and supermarkets who had been asked to take them away from shelves and stop selling them.
The Shin Kong Mitsukoshi department store near Hsinchu railway station said it had complied with the authorities’ demands.


Updated : 2021-04-16 21:33 GMT+08:00