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EU to lift import restrictions on Fukushima rice, other Japanese foods (incl, fisheries products),from December November 12,2017   |  Source: The Japan Times

The European Union has decided to lift its restrictions on imports of some foods from 10 prefectures, such as rice grown in Fukushima, site of the country’s worst nuclear accident.

The partial lifting, decided by the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, will take effect Dec. 1. The other nine prefectures are Akita, Miyagi, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Chiba, Iwate, Nagano and Yamagata.

After the March 2011 accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the EU required the submission of certification documents on radiation checks for some foods from a total of 13 prefectures. Yamanashi, Niigata and Shizuoka were also on the list.

Following the removal of restrictions on Fukushima rice it will, in principle, be no longer necessary to prove that rice grown in other prefectures is not from Fukushima.

For Akita, the restrictions will be eliminated for wild vegetables. The prefecture will thus be fully exempted from the EU restrictions.

Some foods from the eight other prefectures will also be excluded from the certification requirement.

In addition, some fisheries products from Fukushima, Miyagi, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Chiba and Iwate, including crab, octopus, yellowtail, red sea bream and bluefin tuna, will be


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