China to ban food imports from Japan citing safety reasons

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China to ban food imports from Japan citing safety reasons

China’s customs announced on Friday that it will prohibit the import of food from approximately 20% of Japanese prefectures due to safety concerns. This decision was made in response to Japan’s recent action of discharging nuclear contaminated water into the sea. China, being the largest purchaser of Japan’s seafood exports, also stated that it will carefully scrutinize the documentation for food, particularly aquatic products, from other regions of Japan. In order to ensure the safety of imported food from Japan, China customs will enhance the detection and monitoring of radioactive substances, specifically by banning food from 10 prefectures.

China’s objective in implementing these measures is to prevent the export of radioactive contaminated Japanese food to China and safeguard the food safety of Chinese consumers. China has been openly expressing its opposition to Japan’s plan to release treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea for several weeks. However, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog, recently granted Japan permission to proceed with discharging over a million metric tons of water used to cool the plant’s fuel rods following the devastating tsunami in 2011.

China customs has expressed its disagreement with the report, stating that it does not fully represent the perspectives of all the experts involved in the assessment process. Furthermore, the conclusions drawn in the report were not unanimously endorsed by the experts.

In conclusion, China has decided to ban the import of food from a significant portion of Japanese prefectures due to concerns about safety. This decision was prompted by Japan’s discharge of nuclear contaminated water into the sea. China will also intensify its efforts to detect and monitor radioactive substances in imported food from Japan. The aim is to prevent the importation of radioactive contaminated Japanese food and protect the well-being of Chinese consumers. Despite the recent approval given by the International Atomic Energy Agency for Japan to proceed with the water discharge, China remains opposed to this action. China customs has expressed its reservations about the report, emphasizing that it does not fully reflect the views of all the experts involved and lacks unanimous endorsement.

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