Gov’t to conduct stringent inspections on food imports: FM

Foreign Minister David Lee says the government will conduct stringent inspections on Japanese food imports. He was speaking Monday ahead of a trade meeting between Taiwan and Japan.

Lee told lawmakers that the government stands firm on its stance and that there will be no compromise whatsoever.

The government's inspections of food imports are of the utmost strictness. The [inspections] will meet scientific standards and will satisfy the public's demand for food safety," said Lee.

Lee said, however, that issues which are controversial in nature will not be on the table, as the trade meeting will focus on exchanging views on intellectual property rights and agricultural products.

By controversial in nature, Lee was referring to recent proposals to open up the import of foods from areas in Japan that were affected by nuclear radiation.

Source: Radio Taiwan International