Taiwan to Lift Japan Food Ban Before March? 日媒:福島5縣市食品 可能3月前開放進台

The Japanese media has reported that Taiwan may lift the ban on food products imported from Fukushima and four neighboring cities before March. Kuomintang Legislator Hung Meng-kai said the ban may be lifted even before the Lunar New Year.


The Japanese media has reported that Taiwan may lift the ban on food products imported from Fukushima and four neighboring cities before March. Kuomintang Legislator Hung Meng-kai said that based on the results of the ractopamine pork referendum, it won't be long before the government throws open Taiwan's doors to Fukushima food products. He said it could even happen before the Lunar New Year.

Hung Meng-kai, Legislator (KMT): “If we look at it from the perspective of the Democratic Progressive Party's plans and ideas, there's a real possibility that they could make their big policy announcement before the Lunar New Year. This would also be right before March 11.”

The KMT said the ban was decided by the 7.99 million people that voted for it in a referendum. If the government intends on lifting the ban, then it should hold another referendum. DPP Legislator Chen Ting-fei said she hopes the KMT will stop wasting resources.

Chen Ting-fei, Legislator (DPP): “I would like to implore the KMT to stop wasting the country's resources. Don't forget that the four referendums on Dec. 18 (last year) wasted so much energy and caused so much friction.”

How can food safety be ensured if the ban is lifted? At present, the only health departments capable of detecting radiation in food are New Taipei City, Taichung, and Kaohsiung, making the management of these food products extremely challenging.

Chen I-ting, Director, Food & Drug Div., Taipei City Dept. of Health: “There is a division of labor across the country in (radiation) inspections, and border inspects are crucial. The Department of Health will continue spot checks.”

Tsai Wen-che, Secretary, Taichung City Office of Food and Drug Safety: “Taichung purchased gamma ray detectors for food in 2017. They can test for three types of radionuclides, iodine-131, cesium-134, and cesium-137.”

Not all places have inspection equipment, and food safety will have to depend on the joint efforts of the central and local governments. There are serious concerns that Taiwan is not ready to lift the ban.

 

 

 

 

日本福島5縣市食品是否開放進口,引發高度議論,繼日本媒體報導,可能3月前開放後,國民黨立委洪孟楷以萊豬公投過關的結果推測,政府開放日本福島食品也不遠了,還預估,時間點很可能在農曆年前。

洪孟楷表示:「如果照現在民進黨的規劃和想法的話,確實農曆年前有可能是他們發布重大政策的時機,而且這也剛好在311之前。」

國民黨團認為,當初反對福島食品進口是經過799萬人民公投決定,若政府要解禁放,也應該再進行公投,民進黨立委陳亭妃則疾呼,不要再浪費國家資源。

陳亭妃認為:「真的請國民黨不要再浪費國家資源了,不要忘了(去年)12月18日4個公投,浪費了那麼多人民的精力跟內耗。」

日本福島食品若是開放進口,如何確實把關食品安全,成為重中之重,但不同於萊劑檢測,各地方衛生局能進行輻射檢測設備的,目前只有新北、台中以及高雄,也讓開放福島食品的管理,成為一大挑戰。

台北市衛生局食藥科長陳怡婷指出:「在輻射檢驗有全國檢驗聯合分工,邊境檢驗是重點關鍵,市場抽驗的部分,事實上衛生局還是會持續進行。」

台中市食安處秘書蔡文哲則說,台中市在106年即購入食品,Gamma射線偵檢計數器,有能力進行碘131、銫134及137等,3種放射性核種之檢測。地方檢驗設備不一,食安有賴政府與地方合力把關,面對國人對日本福島食品安全的疑慮,政府準備好了嗎?民眾最關心。

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