Illegal Japanese food products removed from shelves in Taipei

Several thousand food products from radiation-affected Japanese prefectures have been removed from shelves in Taipei, after they were found to be in violation of food safety laws.

A total of 3,247 packs of instant rice and natto were removed, Taipei City Department of Health said on Friday.

The department urged businesses to report the discovery of problematic imported foods from Japan to the relevant authorities immediately and to remove them from sale.

Taiwan banned food imports from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba prefectures in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown following a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011.

Under the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation, the sale of banned food products can result in a fine ranging from NT30,000 (US$939) to NT$3 million.

The products were imported by the Taiwan branch of Ryohin Keikaku Corp., which owns the renowned MUJI brand, and a Taipei-based food importer called Peng Hsuan.

The instant rice imported by MUJI was found to contain packets of sauce from Tochigi and the natto imported by Peng Hsuan contained packets of soy sauce from Chiba.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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