THE Ministry of Health and Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources have amended the restrictions imposed on the importation of food products on October 2, 2013, from Japan following the incident of the Fukushima nuclear power plant tragedy.
Products such as meat, seafood, milk and dairy, coming out of the Fukushima prefecture, are still restricted from being imported into Brunei Darussalam.
Previously, the importation of fruits and vegetables – both fresh and processed – seaweed, green tea products as well as tubers including potatoes and sweet potatoes, were prohibited. These products can now be imported into Brunei Darussalam, as long as the approved procedure has been followed, where a Brunei Darussalam Food Importation Declaration Form is submitted. The form must have been verified by the relevant authority in Japan and be accompanied by a Radioactive Substance Analysis report.
The importation of food products from Japan’s other prefectures previously required a Brunei Darussalam Food Importation Declaration Form – verified by the authorities in Japan – being submitted along with a Radioactive Substance Analysis report. The current situation now allows for products from outside Fukushima to be imported without the need for a Radioactive Substance Analysis report.
Both ministries are receiving up-to-date information from a number of foreign nations and organisations that are continuously monitoring the situation.
These measures have been put in place to ensure that all food imported into the Sultanate is free from radiation.
For further enquiries, the public can contact the Food Safety and Control Quality Division at 2331100-5/06/08/09/10.