27 Novembre 2015
November 27, 2015
Nov. 27, 2015 - Updated 03:21 UTC+1
The European Union will ease restrictions on food imports from Japan that were put in place after the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011.
The EU established mandatory radiation checks on food products from Fukushima Prefecture and neighboring areas before they could be shipped.
But the European Commission decided Wednesday those restrictions will be lifted on certain products if their radiation levels have stayed below safety limits long enough.
Among the items to be exempted are vegetables, beef and other meat products, fruits other than persimmon, buckwheat and tea from Fukushima Prefecture.
All food products from Aomori and Saitama Prefectures, as well as rice and soybeans from 6 prefectures in northeastern Japan will also be exempted.
The easing of the restrictions is expected to take effect by the end of the year, after being approved by the European Commission.
The Japanese government says it will work to have the remaining restrictions lifted as soon as possible.