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Macau lifts import ban on food from 9 Japan prefectures

  • October 28, 2019
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Tokyo, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Monday that Macau has lifted its ban, in place since the March 2011 nuclear accident in Japan, on imports of fruits, vegetables and dairy products from nine prefectures in the country.

 

The nine prefectures are Miyagi, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Niigata and Nagano.

 

Meanwhile, Macau continues to ban imports of vegetables and fishery products from Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, home to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s <9501> tsunami-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the site of the nuclear disaster.

 

The lifting of the ban may help boost sales in Macau of products from the nine prefectures, which have struggled to overcome the negative perceptions related to the accident.

 

Macau also decided that meat, eggs, aquatic products and other products from the nine prefectures no longer require certificates showing that they have been inspected for radioactive contamination. Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, eggs and fishery products now only require simple certificates from a chamber of commerce in order to be exported to Macau.

 

Certificates of radiation inspections are also no longer required for vegetables and meat from Yamagata and Yamanashi prefectures, according to the ministry.

 

Exports of food, and agricultural, forestry and fisheries products from Japan to Macau totaled 3.7 billion yen in 2018.

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