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Japanese meals imports are restricted in Macao on account of radioactive water

A shoreline is pictured from Futaba-machi, Fukushima Prefecture, round 5 km away from the crippled Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant, August 24, 2023. /CFP

Following the Japanese authorities’s choice to start dumping nuclear-contaminated water into the ocean on Thursday, the federal government of China’s Macao Special Administration Region (SAR) said on Wednesday that it might prohibit the import of meals from the nation’s ten prefectures and areas of Japan.

The choice was revealed in a Chief Executive (CE) order revealed within the official gazette of the Macao SAR authorities and can take impact on Thursday.

The restriction will apply to the import of dwell and recent meals gadgets, animal meals merchandise, sea salt and seaweed, in addition to greens, fruits, milk and milk merchandise, aquatic items and their derivatives, meat and meat merchandise, and poultry eggs, amongst different merchandise.

The ban impacts merchandise from 10 prefectures and areas, particularly Fukushima, Chiba, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma, Miyagi, Niigata, Nagano, Saitama and the Tokyo Metropolis.

The Macao Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) has been in shut contact with China’s General Administration of Customs and Gongbei Customs and has developed a notification mechanism with Hong Kong’s Center of Food Safety.

This 12 months, the IAM has elevated its monitoring of radioactive chemical compounds in imported Japanese meals at each the import and retail ranges, with testing for particular radionuclides included as a traditional meals security take a look at merchandise.

While the IAM will proceed to strengthen import checks and retail retailer inspections, it developed a particular meals security webpage on nuclear testing on Wednesday.

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Source: CGTN