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Labels on Japanese food products likely changed at origin: minister

Labels on Japanese food products likely changed at origin: minister

Taipei, March 25 (CNA) The labels on food products from areas in Japan that were affected by a nuclear disaster might have been changed in Japan, Taiwan's Health Minister Chiang Been-huang (???) said Wednesday, amid a furor over the illegally imported products. Chiang said, however, that an investigation has been launched into whether the importers in Taiwan were aware that the product origin information had been covered with Chinese-language labels that listed a different source. Taiwan has recalled hundreds of food items from the nuclear disaster-affected Japanese prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Gumma and Chiba that were being sold in local supermarkets. Taiwan has banned food imports from those areas since March 30, 2011 after Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami that caused a meltdown at its Fukushima nuclear plant. Food and Drug Administration Director-General Chiang Yu-mei (???) said that under Taiwan's regulations, all Japanese food imports should carry a Chinese-language label that shows the place of origin and had been affixed before entry to Taiwan. It is doubtful whether the importers knew the codes that Japan uses for places of origin on its products, and whether they have the right attitude toward food safety, she said. The importers involved in the matter said Wednesday that the problematic products were imported "by mistake." (By Long Pei-ning and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-29 02:53 GMT+08:00