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13 November, 2017

EU to Lift Restrictions on Imports of Fukushima Products in December

The European Commission (EC), the body responsible for implementing the decisions of the European Union (EU), has formally decided to lift restrictions on some or all agricultural and fisheries products from ten Japanese prefectures, including rice grown in Fukushima. Import restrictions were imposed in the wake of the March 2011 accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) out of concern for the safety of Japanese foods.

Kawauchi Village in October 2017The latest decision comes in an official report published on November 11, and will take effect on December 1. With the lifting of restrictions on Fukushima rice, exporters of rice from other prefectures will no longer be required to certify to the EU that their rice was not grown in Fukushima. The United States already lifted restrictions on imports of Japanese milk and dairy products in September. Attention will now shift to the responses of other countries and regions in Asia, which are major export destinations for Japanese foods. The EC has required the submission of certification documents issued by the Japanese government on radiation checks for some foods from a total of thirteen prefectures. Of the thirteen, import restrictions will be lifted on most foods from ten prefecture...more
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