Decision on Japan food import bans to be made after public hearings

The government is going to hold a series of three public hearings on the issue of Japanese food imports.

Taiwan has banned imports of food from five Japanese prefectures that were affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The first public hearing will be held December 21 in Kaohsiung, followed by a second hearing in Taipei on December 22i. There will also be a televised public hearing on December 25. All three hearings will be broadcast live on the internet.

Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said that the government will decide whether to lift the ban after the public hearings.

"After the public hearings, we will gather everyone's opinions and make the final decision whether to open up to imports," said Hsu. "If we do, we will also enforce border controls and conduct inspections. We will also look at how Europe and the US [handle Japanese food imports] and how acceptable these food products are in Japan itself."

Hsu said that Europe and the US have already opened up to imports that have passed inspections in Japan. Food from the five prefectures covered by the Taiwanese ban is also on sale in Japan. He said that only Taiwan and China have bans on Japanese food imports in place.

Source: Radio Taiwan International

Decision on Japan food import bans to be made after public hearings

The government is going to hold a series of three public hearings on the issue of Japanese food imports.

Taiwan has banned imports of food from five Japanese prefectures that were affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The first public hearing will be held December 21 in Kaohsiung, followed by a second hearing in Taipei on December 22i. There will also be a televised public hearing on December 25. All three hearings will be broadcast live on the internet.

Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung said that the government will decide whether to lift the ban after the public hearings.

"After the public hearings, we will gather everyone's opinions and make the final decision whether to open up to imports," said Hsu. "If we do, we will also enforce border controls and conduct inspections. We will also look at how Europe and the US [handle Japanese food imports] and how acceptable these food products are in Japan itself."

Hsu said that Europe and the US have already opened up to imports that have passed inspections in Japan. Food from the five prefectures covered by the Taiwanese ban is also on sale in Japan. He said that only Taiwan and China have bans on Japanese food imports in place.

Source: Radio Taiwan International