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CFS follows up on vegetables imported from Japan suspected of breaching Food Safety Order
     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department announced today (March 14) that vegetables from a regulated Japanese prefecture were suspected to be in breach of the relevant Food Safety Order when the CFS inspected a consignment of food imported from Japan. The product concerned has been marked and sealed by the CFS and has not entered the market. The CFS is following up on the case.

     A spokesman for the CFS said, "During an inspection of the food label of the concerned consignment of food imported from Japan, the CFS found two packs of potherb mustard (mizuna) from Ibaraki Prefecture which were not accompanied with a radiation certificate and an exporter certificate after the Order was issued. The importer concerned is thus suspected of breaching the relevant Order."

     According to the Order, all vegetables, fruits, milk, milk beverages and dried milk originating from Fukushima are banned from importing into Hong Kong while such foods originating from Ibaraki, Tochigi, Chiba and Gunma prefectures are allowed to be imported on the condition that they are accompanied with a radiation certificate and an exporter certificate issued by the Japanese authority certifying that the radiation levels do not exceed the guideline levels and are fit for human consumption.

     The CFS will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action, including informing the Japanese authorities concerned of the incident. Prosecution will be instituted against the importer concerned should there be sufficient evidence. The investigation is ongoing.
Ends/Thursday, March 14, 2024
Issued at HKT 15:38
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