Import Controls on Food and Feed


MEPs reject reduced food import checks from Fukushima

The EP called on the Commission today to withdraw a proposal that would reduce the number of foodstuffs from Fukushima to be checked for radioactive contamination. Voting through a resolution by 543 votes to 100 & 43 abstentions, the House said moves to relax checks on products such as rice, certain fish & molluscs could lead to increased exposure to radioactive substances.

Under existing legislation, there are extra checks on imports from a dozen Japanese prefectures, which were exposed to radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power station in 2011.

Based on data submitted by the authorities for feed & food products originating in the prefecture of Fukushima, the Commission has suggested lifting the requirement of controls, sampling & analysis before export to the Union for certain products.

No justification or explanation has been provided for the reduction in checks, MEPs underline, pointing to the lack of detailed analysis in the draft proposal. The issue will now be discussed & voted by Member State representatives.