China Customs, represented by the Import and Export Food Safety Bureau of the General Administration of Customs, has been closely monitoring the comprehensive assessment report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding the disposal of contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan. In response to questions from reporters, the responsible official highlighted China’s ongoing commitment to addressing the issue of radiation contamination in Japanese food imports since the Fukushima nuclear leakage incident in 2011.
Since the incident, China Customs has prioritized the safety of Chinese consumers by implementing rigorous measures. To prevent the entry of radiologically contaminated Japanese food into China, the import of food from ten specific prefectures, including Fukushima, has been prohibited. Strict scrutiny of accompanying documentation, enhanced supervision, and 100% inspection have been enforced, particularly for food products such as aquatic resources. Continuous efforts have been made to strengthen the monitoring and detection of radioactive substances, ensuring the safety of food imports from Japan and preventing the entry of high-risk products.
China Customs acknowledges the recent comprehensive assessment report by the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding the proposed plan for discharging contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. However, it is important to note that the report may not fully reflect the consensus of all experts involved in the assessment, and certain conclusions have not obtained unanimous agreement among the experts. Concerns remain regarding the legitimacy of ocean discharge, the reliability of purification facilities, and the completeness of monitoring protocols.
The issue of discharging contaminated water from the Fukushima plant has garnered global attention and raised concerns among Chinese consumers regarding the safety of imported food from Japan. China Customs remains highly vigilant and is committed to the absolute responsibility of ensuring consumer safety. We will closely monitor the situation and take all necessary measures in a timely manner to ensure the safety of Chinese consumers at their dining tables.
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Note: This post is intended to provide an update on the current situation regarding imported Japanese food safety measures, reassure consumers, and highlight China Customs’ commitment to ensuring the safety of imported products.