Singapore will remove its requirements on food imported from Fukushima, the Foreign Ministry (MFA) said in a statement. Press release.
The announcement was made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide on May 25, where they also spoke at length about the Covid-19 situation and the cancellation of the Shangri dialogue. -The.
What exactly did the requirements involve?
According to the AMF, the requirements included subjecting food imports from Fukushima to pre-export testing and having certificates of origin.
the Japan Times (JT) reported that the tests must verify the presence of radioactive cesium.
The Foreign Ministry said the requirements are being lifted as Singapore is satisfied with “the results of food safety monitoring.”
Removal of requirements follows lifting of ban in February 2020
The removal of the requirements follows the lifting of the ban on food imports from Fukushima in February 2020.
The ban was first implemented in 2011 when the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered collapses, leaks of radioactive material into the air, land and sea, after being devastated by a tsunami and an earthquake.
The Singapore Food Agency’s (SFA) predecessor, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), banned the import of certain food products from 11 prefectures in Japan following the crash.
When the ban was lifted in 2020, the SFA added that it had not detected any radioactive contaminants in food imports from Japan in the previous five years.
Food products from Japan represent a small proportion of food imports
According to a Singapore government statement 2011, seafood imported from Japan in 2010 accounted for less than 2 percent of total seafood imports in terms of quantity.
The import of other food products from Japan was negligible at less than 0.5 percent of Singapore’s food imports.
In 2018, food imports from Japan accounted for less than 1% of Singapore’s total imports.
Imports from Fukushima Prefecture accounted for less than 0.1 percent of total food imports in the same year.
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