FSANZ calls for halt on Japanese food imports

Posted by Rita Mu

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has requested the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service to temporarily stop food imports from four of Japan’s prefectures that surround the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The call comes after the Japanese government placed new restrictions on certain foods sourced from areas of Japan contaminated by radiation. Traces of radiation exceeding national safety standards were detected this week in milk and spinach.

FSANZ has requested that milk and milk products, fresh fruit and vegetables, seaweed and fresh and frozen seafood from the Japanese prefectures of Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki and Tochigi to be put on hold from entering Australia.

FSANZ said the move was only a precautionary measure because the chance of Australian consumers being exposed to radiation from food imported from Japan was negligible.

Nuclear reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant have been leaking radiation since the earthquake and tsunami devastated the country on 11 March. 

There are no current restrictions on flights and shipping to and from Japan.

More information about foods imported from Japan is available here.

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