April 5, 2011

Taiwan detects no abnormal radiation in Japanese seafood imports



Taiwan's Atomic Energy Council (AEC) reassured that it has not discovered atypical amount of radiation in any of the seafood imported recently from Japan.


As of Monday (Apr 4) morning, the country had tested 721 samples of Japanese food imports, including fresh seafood, fish and frozen seafood. All of the products passed the radiation tests, according to the nuclear energy regulating agency.


The  Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture has informed that samples of seawater from Taiwan's three major coastal fishing grounds, namely Pengjia Islet, Gueishan Island and Yilan Bay, as well as fish catches sampled from fish markets across the nation, have been tested and found to be free of radiation.


Meanwhile, Taipei's Department of Health is concentrating on monitoring products at major supermarkets and wholesale stores.


Its inspection team recently tested eight fresh and frozen agricultural products, including fish, in a supermarket in Xinyi District and found that none exceeded the legal radiation limit of 0.2 microsievert/hour, according to the media.


Department Chief of the Food and Drug Division Chiang, Yu-mei, assured that her department would run daily radiation level tests at supermarkets, traditional markets and wholesale stores on eight kinds of imported foods from Japan, including fresh and frozen agricultural and seaweed products.


No food items have been found to have a radiation level over the legal threshold since the city began collaborating with the central government's Department of Health on March 12. They have thus far tested 549 food items imported from Japan, she said.