EU to Relax Import Restrictions on Japanese Food (News)
Brussels, Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)—The European Union plans to ease its import restrictions imposed on Japanese foodstuffs following the 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima Prefecture, informed sources said Tuesday.
The EU plans to exempt rice produced in Fukushima and some other items from a total of 10 prefectures from extra checks for radioactive contamination, the sources said.
A final decision is expected to be made as early as this year, the sources said.
The move is a boon for Japan, a country aiming to boost exports of food, agricultural, forestry and fishery products.
At present, the EU requires the submission of certificates of radiation inspections for some food products from 13 prefectures in the eastern half of the Japanese archipelago.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]