Atomic Energy Council Minister Hsieh says the council does not have the final say to lift the import ban but has tripled the capacity of radiation checks in advance.
Presenter: Will the price for joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership be food from Fukushima in Taiwan? Atomic Energy Council Minister Hsieh Shou-shing says the government is doing more than enough to ensure food safety in Taiwan. Hsieh also says since Taiwan is not a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and won't have a role in the IAEA's inspection of Japan later this year, it will send its own inspectors to Japan.
Many expect the Tsai administration will lift Taiwan's ban on food from Fukushima in order to get into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. During an interpellation, Atomic Energy Council Minister Hsieh Shou-shing said the decision isn't in his agency's hands but the council has increased the number of radiation checks on food products from 20,000 to 60,000 a year. According to Hsieh, this is more than enough to protect food safety in Taiwan.
Chang Liao Wan-chien, Legislator (DPP) vs Hsieh Shou-shing, Atomic Energy Council Minister: “ (You have to go into negotiations prepared.) Yes, yes. We would never let them -- from where I'm standing, I have to say that… (This will affect the protection of domestic food safety.) I just want you to know that right now, we are checking three times more (food products) than we were originally planning on.”
In April, Japan announced it would start dumping contaminated wastewater from Fukushima into the ocean in two years. The International Atomic Energy Agency will send inspectors to Japan in December. Taiwan is not a member of the agency, which means Taiwan will play no role in the IAEA inspection.
Wan Mei-ling, Legislator (KMT) vs Hsieh Shou-shing, Atomic Energy Council Minister:” (Have they now confirmed that they are allowing us to go over?) Yes. Right now, they are, as I said earlier, moving in a positive direction. Right now, we are already making plans and in principle our delegation -- the members of our delegation have already been chosen. Right now, in principle we are waiting for the right timing.”
Hsieh says once the IAEA announces its inspection schedule, Taiwan will confirm the time with Japan to make sure there are no scheduling conflict.
民進黨立委 張廖萬堅 vs. 原能會主委 謝曉星：「(將來跟人家談判你一定要都準備好。)是的、是的，不可能讓他，我在這個地方我還是要強調(這涉及到國內食品安全問題的保證)。我要特別強調一下就是說，現在目前我們的有關的檢測量能是我們所估算的三倍。」
國民黨立委 萬美玲 vs. 原能會主委 謝曉星：「(他現在確定應允我們可以過去了嗎？)是，他現在目前我剛剛講的、朝正向的發展，目前我們都已經在規劃。而且我們的訪問團基本上，我們的成員都已經用好了，現在基本上，就是等待那個時間點。」