Monday, March 21, 2011

Taiwan to inspect all Japan food products: health dept

The government has expanded its monitoring of radiation from some Japanese food products to all such products from Japan. That's the word from local health officials on Monday.

Vice health minister Hsiao Mei-ling made the comments during a meeting of a task force dealing with the aftermath of the March 11 Japanese disaster. Hsiao explains how inspections will now go beyond products imported from the disaster area.

"Originally, we would only inspect products from Fukushima, Miyagi, and Ibaraki Prefectures [for radiation contamination]," said Hsiao. "But starting from March 20, we began inspecting all food products from Japan, such as chilled and frozen vegetables, fruits, seafood, milk products, baby foods and minerals. We are also targeting processed food imported after March 12."

The economics ministry also said on Monday that Taiwan's inspection bureau would strengthen inspections for radiation on goods. Experts advised consumers to be cautious when selecting Japanese products but said there was no need for panic.

An Atomic Energy Council official also said that the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant would be 1000 kilometers away from Taiwan by this Friday

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