EU Introduces Import Controls on Imports from Japan

Following the nuclear fallout from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the EU has introduced import controls on all feed and food originating in or consigned from certain prefectures of Japan, including the four most affected by the accident.

According to the implementing regulation of the Commission 297/2011 (“Regulation”), all consignments of feed and good have to be tested before leaving Japan and will be subject to random testing within the EU. In particular, all consignments of food or feed from the prefectures mentioned in the Regulation have to be accompanied by a declaration attesting that the product does not contain levels of radionuclides that exceed the EU’s maximum permitted levels (particular reference is made to iodine-131, caesium-134 and caesium-137). In addition, importers are to notify the national competent authorities before the arrival of each consignment of food and feed from Japan.

The import controls will be reviewed on a monthly basis. To date, no consignment originating from Japan has been discovered to contain radionuclides in excess of the maximum permitted levels.

Roschier, Attorneys Ltd. - Finland