Review of retained Regulation 2016/6 on importing food from Japan following the Fukushima nuclear accident

Closes 11 Feb 2022

Opened 10 Dec 2021

Overview

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) would welcome your comments on proposed risk management options on enhanced controls on certain food imported from Japan as a result of the Fukushima nuclear accident in March 2011.

The majority of foods from Japan can already be imported into the UK without any enhanced controls as levels of radioactivity are very low. However, maximum levels of radiocaesium still apply to a limited number of foods including certain species of fish, wild mushrooms and foraged Japanese vegetables. FSS and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have carried out a risk assessment of the risk to public health from consuming Japanese food imported into the UK, if the maximum levels on radiocaesium from these food imported from Japan are removed. The risk assessment and has been published on the FSS website and is available here.

This consultation seeks views on our proposed risk management options to amend, maintain to revoke existing enhanced controls taking into consideration the outcome of the risk assessment. We are not seeking comments on the risk assessment which has been independently reviewed.

 

Why your views matter

We are seeking comments from industry, food businesses, enforcement authorities, consumers and other interested stakeholders on proposed risk management options. Feedback will be considered in further development of the proposals.

Further details can be found in Annex A - Consultation letter and Annex B - Impact Assessment at the bottom of this page.

 

Give us your views

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • radiological safety of food
  • food safety