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KMT disrupts hearing on Japanese food

Government will base decision on scientific evidence: DPP

KMT disrupts hearing on Japanese food.

KMT disrupts hearing on Japanese food. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A local Kuomintang politician on Saturday disrupted a government-backed hearing about the eventual import of food from the Japanese region hit by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Taiwan and China are reportedly the only countries still banning food from the part of Japan hit by a massive earthquake on March 11, 2011, which triggered a tsunami and the destruction of a nuclear power plant.

The government is organizing a series of public hearings about a likely end to the import ban, which has turned into a major food safety issue together with pressure from the United States for the opening of Taiwan to exports of ractopamine-treated pork.

In Tainan, KMT city councilor Lu Kun-fu showed up with supporters at the hearing Saturday morning and tried to prevent it from taking place, reports said.

The disruption earned a stern rebuttal from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, which called on the opposition party to restrain its members and to respect the decision by the Legislative Yuan to organize the hearings.

The events were planned for the weekend in order to make it more convenient for citizens to attend and hear the facts about the food, officials said.

Just like in any other country, the government will follow international practice and base any decision to open Japanese imports on scientific evidence and evaluations, the DPP said. The hearings were meant to listen to public opinion and to the judgment of experts.