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Fukushima food imports ban lifted, but AVA still conducting checks

AVA said seafood, berries and mushrooms from areas near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant are still not allowed into Singapore.

SINGAPORE: Two months after the ban on Fukushima food imports was lifted, import levels are at 5,300 tonnes, comparable to pre-ban import levels of 5,900 tonnes.

Even with the lifting of the ban, Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is still conducting checks to ensure the food is free from radiation. The checks cover 300 kilogrammes of rice from Fukushima, which will go on sale at Meidi-Ya supermarket on Friday (Aug 22). Each five-kilogramme packet costs S$38.50.

AVA said seafood, berries and mushrooms from areas near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant are still not allowed into Singapore. All Japanese food imports have to pass radiation checks before they can be sold.

Since January last year, AVA has not found any radiation in the food samples it tested.

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