FDA launches more stringent checks on Japanese food imports

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a more stringent inspection procedure on food imports from Japan. That was the word from FDA Northern Center Director Chiu Hsiu-yi on Wednesday.

Chiu said the newest procedure includes inspections of smaller packets that are included in packaged food. During inspections over the past two days, the FDA has found five shipments of Japanese food products that contain seasoning packets made in Japan's Chiba and Ibaraki Prefectures. Food from both prefectures has been banned in Taiwan due to fears of radiation after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

Chiu said the FDA will order the five rejected shipments to be returned and destroyed. She said the FDA will also remove products containing the same seasoning packets from store shelves. Retailers that fail to cooperate could be fined up to NT$3 million (US$ 94,000).

Source: Radio Taiwan International