Cabinet to hold public hearings on banned food from Fukushima

Taiwan's cabinet will hold ten public hearings before making any decision on a proposed plan for easing a ban on food imports from Fukushima. That's the word from cabinet spokesperson Hsu Kuo-yong on Monday.

Taiwan banned food imports from Fukushima and four nearby prefectures in the wake of the nuclear plant meltdown that took place following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Taiwan required food products from those areas to come with stamps of origin and proof that they passed radiation tests.

Officials from the agriculture council and health ministry proposed on Monday that Taiwan ease the restrictions and only ban foods which have a higher risk of being exposed to radiation.

Hsu says the cabinet will listen to more expert opinions from the public hearings before making any decision on the issue.

Source: Radio Taiwan International