The European Union decided Thursday to reinforce controls on imports of food and feed from certain regions of Japan, where production could be affected by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
A meeting of the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health supported a proposal by the European Commission to impose special import conditions.
The measures apply to all feed and food originating in or consigned from 12 prefectures of Japan, including the four most affected by the nuclear accident, said an European Commission announcement tonight.
All products from these prefectures have to be tested before leaving Japan and will be subject to random testing in the EU.
Feed and food products from the remaining 35 prefectures will have to be accompanied by a declaration stating the prefecture of origin and will be randomly tested upon arrival in the EU.
The EU will review these measures every month, it added.