Brunei lifts ban on import of Japanese food products

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Brunei government has eased restrictions on the import of food products from Japan following a 2011 ban due to contamination concerns arising from the Fukushima radioactive leak.

Suspension of food and food products such as meat, fruits, vegetables, seafood, milk and dairy products from the Fukushima district is now lifted, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.

In 2011, importers of processed foods, fresh fish and agricultural products from Japan were told to suspend any further trade with exporters from areas in the Kanto region, including Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa prefectures.

The statement said MoH and Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) will allow the import of Japanese food products as long as requirements have been met.

Members of the public who wish to import products from the Fukushima district will be required to submit the Radioactive Substance Analysis Report and Food Import Declaration Form to Brunei Darussalam.

For products originating from areas other than the Fukushima district, importers will only be required to submit the Food Import Declaration Form.

The government said the terms of the importation are additional requirements for all products that originate from Japan. Existing terms of importation under the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism must be complied, the MoH said.

It added that the measures taken are to ensure all foods that are imported into the country are safe to consume and free from radioactive substances.

The terms set out above will also be reviewed from time to time.

Enquiries can be directed to MoH’s Food Safety and Quality Control Division at 2331100-5/06/08/09/10 and Biosecurity Division, MPRT at 2388000.

The Brunei Times