The government is to begin negotiations with Japan to obtain certificates of origin and radiation test results for Japanese food imports, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials said.
The talks are to start this month between the FDA and the Interchange Association, Japan, aiming to expand the list of products checked for radiation to 11 categories including fresh produce, seafood, dairy, baby food, bottled water, processed food and meat, the agency said.
Taiwan has banned food products from Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, the site of the 2011 nuclear meltdown that followed an earthquake and massive tsunami, and four other regions affected by the disasters.
The food and drug agency is hoping to obtain certificates and test results on items imported from the rest of Japan due to continued concerns over radiation.
The aim is for both countries to conduct radiation tests and share the results for examination over next three months, FDA Deputy Director-General Chiang Yu-mei (姜郁美) said.
The government wants the Japanese government to follow the same procedures it uses for exports to the EU — attaching radiation test results and origin certificates — Chiang said.
However, the agency said Japan has given a cool response to the proposal in initial discussions, maintaining that all exports to Taiwan are already up to standard.
Taiwan’s Atomic Energy Council has been checking nine categories of Japanese food products for radiation since the nuclear disaster. About 50,000 items have passed the tests.