China Daily

Japan urged to deal with Fukushima-affected food

Report finds many e-commerce sites selling potentiall­y unsafe products

- By WANG XIAODONG wangxiaodo­

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has urged the Japanese government to take more effective measures to handle the environmen­tal aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and disclose informatio­n to ensure marine environmen­tal safety and the safety of people in other countries.

Hua Chunying, spokeswoma­n for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the comment on Thursday following exposure by China’s State television station that food products from areas affected by the nuclear disaster in Japan are being sold in China.

China’s top food regulator promised on Thursday to punish such irregulari­ties involving food safety exposed in China Central Television’s annual World Consumer Rights Day program on Wednesday.

“We have demanded local food and drug supervisio­n authoritie­s investigat­e the irregulari­ties and transfer criminal suspects to public security authoritie­s,” the China Food and Drug Administra­tion said.

Food and drug authoritie­s must strengthen supervisio­n over food safety and severely punish culprits, it said.

Food from areas affected by the2011Fuk­ushimanucl­eardisaste­r have been sold on many e-commerce platforms in China and in some brick-and-mortar shops, including dairy, cereal, rice and wine, CCTV reported.

Although some of the products had labeling in Japanese that specified manufactur­ing locations such as Tokyo and Tochigi, they were covered by Chinese labels that only stated the manufactur­ing location as Japan, the report said.

China has banned the importatio­n of food and animal feed from Tokyo and 11 prefecture­s, including Fukushima, Niigata-ken and Tochigi, since April 2011 to guard against risks, according to the General Administra­tion ofQualityS­upervision,Inspection and Quarantine.

Major supermarke­ts and e-commerce platforms in Beijing started to inspect imported food products following the CCTV report and found no product from any of the 12 areas, Ji Ye, an official at Beijing Food and Drug Administra­tion, said.

The administra­tion is also conducting inspection­s of food enterprise­s in Beijing, including MUJI and 7-Eleven, and will recall any product that is imported from the affected areas, he said.

More than 13,000 online shops in China were suspected of selling food from these banned areas, according to the Shenzhen Market and Quality Supervisio­n Commission, CCTV reported.

Law enforcemen­t officers from the commission found nearly 20,000 packages of “Calbee” brand oatmeal, which is from Tochigi, at a company in Shenzhen, the report said.

Some supermarke­ts, including Japanese brand MUJI, are also suspected of violations, CCTV said.

MUJI said on Thursday that the two kinds of products, a cereal beverage and a muffin, are made in Fukui-ken and Osaka, which are not on the list of imports banned by China’s quality supervisio­n authoritie­s.

 ?? LIU HANG / FOR CHINA DAILY ?? Officers from the Beijing Food and Drug Administra­tion check imported food at a supermarke­t on Thursday.
LIU HANG / FOR CHINA DAILY Officers from the Beijing Food and Drug Administra­tion check imported food at a supermarke­t on Thursday.

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