Only Fukushima food banned

Japanese restaurants in Singapore rejoiced yesterday after the Government lifted the ban on the import of food products from seven prefectures in Japan.

This followed a review by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and assurances from the Japanese government on the safety of food from these prefectures, the authority said.

The ban on fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, milk and dairy products had been in place after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011.

So far, the import ban on 10 prefectures have been lifted, with only imports from Fukushima remaining suspended.

On Sunday, Tokyo Electric Power Company said that about 120 tonnes of radioactive water, which leaked from an underground storage tank at the Fukushima nuclear plant, contaminated the surrounding soil, The Japan News reported.

AVA said it will continue to "closely monitor" food imports from prefectures where restrictions have been lifted. It will do so by ensuring food products have a certificate of origin, as well as a pre-export laboratory report certifying that the food has been tested for radioactivity.

Yesterday's news was well received by Mr Desmond Yue, 28, co-owner of Chikuwa Tei Japanese Restaurant. "We can expect to sell hamachi and hirame sashimi frequently again, now that suppliers should be well stocked," he said.

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