Nuclear food ban lifted, the island in an uproar

2022-05-06 0 By

Just after the Spring Festival holiday, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suddenly announced the lifting of the ban on “nuclear food” in Fukushima, causing public opinion in the island in an uproar.Taiwan’s “Executive Yuan” held a press conference on Monday morning to lift the ban on food imports from Japan around Fukushima and announce related supporting measures.In 2011, following the fukushima nuclear power plant accident caused by the Great East Japan earthquake, Taiwan banned food imports from fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba prefectures since March 25, 2011.These foods have been suspected of being contaminated by nuclear radiation, and are called “nuclear food” by Taiwanese people.In response to food safety concerns, Taiwan’s “executive Yuan” spokesman Lo Bingcheng said that in “put forward stricter safety standards than international standards, for the premise of public health, the decision to adjust the 11 years of control measures against Japan.”Mr Lo said Japan had long been concerned about and expected Taiwan to change its control practices. “We cannot avoid Japan’s legitimate demands,” he said.He added that adjusting food controls around Fukushima was not a sufficient condition for joining the CPTPP, and that “a lot more needs to be done.”The governor of Chang ‘an Avenue (wechat ID: Capitalnews) has noted that the DPP authorities have been paving the way for the lifting of the ban on “nuclear food” in Fukushima, and suddenly announced the lifting of the ban after the Spring Festival holiday, which has been severely criticized by all circles in the island.In January this year, Japanese media reported that Taiwan is accelerating discussions to open up food imports from Fukushima in order to join the CPTPP, and the ban is expected to be lifted between January and March this year at the earliest.On the evening of February 7, Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the so-called “risk analysis of imported food”, which showed that based on the analysis of official radiation testing data from Japan and the amount of food exported to Taiwan, the risk level of cancer was low enough to be classified as “negligible risk”. Therefore, food from Fukushima and five other counties could be lifted.Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and tanks for nuclear water storage.In response, the KMT said that 7.79 million votes in the 2018 “anti-nuclear food referendum” showed that the island’s people rejected the “nuclear food” public opinion.People want peace of mind, and the government wants to keep them safe. There is no room for compromise or quid pro quo.”The DPP will pay a price for its reckless raid on the opening of nuclear food, its violation of public opinion and its disregard for the health of the Taiwan people.”Zhao Shaokang, a senior media man in the island, criticized the DPP authorities for “being a bully and trample on Taiwan’s public opinion”.However, a recent poll conducted by the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation at the end of January this year showed that only over 30% of respondents supported the opening of the nuclear food ban in Japan, with more than half of the public still not supporting it.China News network pointed out that fukushima nuclear leakage accident led to iodine-131, cesium-137, strontium-90 and other radiation substances, although the decay period of different substances is different, but some experts pointed out that the half-life of cesium-137 is about 30.17 years, the half-life of strontium-90 is about 29.1 years, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster has only 11 years, is still regarded as a risk of doubt.An article in Taiwan’s United Daily News questioned how consumers’ rights could be protected if samples of food from five prefectures in Fukushima prefecture were found to contain excessive radiation.The article pointed out that a democratic Progressive Party lawmaker questioned whether the Japanese government would provide judicial assistance if radiation levels in Japanese food products were found in Taiwan.Will Japan voluntarily provide testing data on food and nuclear waste water?Japan has yet to discuss the issue with Taiwan.On January 26, zhu Fenglian, spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, pointed out that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is used to changing the concept of “nuclear food” to “fu food”.Food safety concerns the vital interests of the people, and the health and safety of Taiwan compatriots should be effectively guaranteed.Any person or force who seeks political gains and ignores the lives, health and well-being of the people will be rejected by the people.(Original title: nuclear food ban lifted, the island in an uproar) source: Chang ‘an Avenue governor author Liu Liu process editor: U010