Taiwan toughens rules on food imports from Japan, including on labeling, radiation checks via The Japan Times

Taiwan, one of the major importers of Japanese produce, is tightening regulations on food products arriving from Japan possibly in mid-May in addition to an existing ban imposed on food items from a region close to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

Taiwan will be requiring all food products from Japan to carry prefecture-specific labels of origin and some items, such as products for infants, to undergo radiation checks, according to the new regulations.

Japan has expressed opposition to the new measure that was initially unveiled last year.

The planned implementation of the new measure comes after the revelation in March that some foods were imported to Taiwan from the area subject to the ban, which was placed after the 2011 nuclear disaster struck.

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