Unlike 40 other countries, Canada lifts restrictions on Japanese food imports

From the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA):

“TOKYO, June 15 (KUNA) — Canada has lifted all restrictions on food and animal feed imports from Japan, becoming the first country to withdrew all restrictions on the Japanese food following the March nuclear accident, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said here.

Since April 1, Canada had demanded documents to verify the safety of all products imported from 12 prefectures affected by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, prohibiting any products from entering into the nation without acceptable documentation or test results.

However, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency removed the controls effective Monday, according to the ministry….”

“….Still, 40 countries and territories continue to restrict food imports from Japan following the nuclear accident triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.”

Read more on the KUNA website.

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2 responses to “Unlike 40 other countries, Canada lifts restrictions on Japanese food imports

  1. This is probably because Canada has been “dusted” so thoroughly from Fukushima that our own food is nearly as contaminated as Japanese food is.

    • Noriko

      Jan, it’s not the best time for sarcasm or a black joke, IMO. This is real concern. Just to be clear, the level of radio active dust in Canada from Japan is very low right now (similar level as 70s), and I would not have any concern about Canadian food now. However, I would say Canadian government is simply ignorant or gave up to protect citizens. I am Japanese, and closely following their situation in regard to how the Japanese authority tests and regulates the food right now. Japanese people don’t believe what their government say any more, and some have the initiative to test the levels by themselves. I will not consume food imported from Japan unless I am 100% sure what level of radio activity the food has, or at least where they come from and when they were harvested. I am also worrying about bio-concentration of radio active particles in fish in pacific ocean, such as tuna and salmon…

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