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Over 400 Japanese food items test negative for radioactivity: FDA

Over 400 Japanese food items test negative for radioactivity: FDA

Taipei, March 27 (CNA) None of the 422 food items from areas in Japan affected by the nuclear meltdown in 2011 that have been tested so far by Taiwanese authorities contained radioactive substances, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday. The tested products will still remain off store shelves, however, because products from five affected Japanese prefectures -- Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba -- are not allowed to be sold in Taiwan, FDA Director-General Chiang Yu-mei said at a press conference. The FDA imposed a ban on food products from the five prefectures after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant melted down in March 2011.
Health authorities recently discovered, however, that some Japanese-made food imports from the areas have made their way into Taiwan by covering place of origin information on their packaging with Chinese-language stickers showing a different point of origin. Local health bureaus have so far checked 30,821 individual food items around the country, with 23,607 seized after being suspected of coming from one of the five prefectures in question. (By Lung Pei-ning and Scully Hsiao)




Updated : 2021-09-20 10:59 GMT+08:00