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Hong Kong Lifts Ban on Food from Specific Japanese Radioactive Areas

  •   25 Jul 2018
  •    Yilia Ye
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    • Vegetable, fruit, dairy products and milk powder from Ibaraki, Tochigi, Chiba and Gunma can be exported to Hong Kong since Jul. 24, 2018.

    According to an announcement made by Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety (CFS) on Jul. 20, 2018, Hong Kong is now permitting importation of vegetables, fruit, milk & milk beverages and milk powder from Ibaraki, Tochigi, Chiba and Gunma since Jul. 24, provided that the following documents are attached:

    • Radiation certificate issued by Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
    • Exporter certificate issued by MAFF

    These 2 documents are used to prove that the radioactivity of food from those 4 counties meet Codex requirements and the even more stringent Japanese standard. Hong Kong CFS will increase the stringency of inspections conducted on vegetable, fruit and dairy products from those 4 counties, and the testing results will be updated on the CFS official website each workday.

    In Mar, 2011, Hong Kong instituted a ban on the import of vegetable, fruit, dairy product and milk powder from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Chiba and Gunma, shortly after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Chilled/frozen game, meat poultry, poultry eggs and live/chilled/frozen aquatic products can be imported if a radiation certificate is attached. It is important to note that foods from Fukushima, the region in which the nuclear reactor was located are still banned in Hong Kong.

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    Hong Kong CFS announcement

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