Food safety of Tohoku
In the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake, misinformation regarding foodstuffs from the Tohoku region still persists inside and outside Japan. Here, we introduce excerpts from reports by the Fisheries Agency in Japan and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to allow the accurate results of safety examinations on food products conducted in both the Japanese and overseas markets.
The IAEA, headquartered in Vienna, Austria has visited Japan multiple times since the accident and performed a range of investigations, which have been collected in a final report that is available on their website.
The team from the IAEA was impressed by the comprehensive monitoring system in place in Japan, both for seawater and for the products in the food chain.
This systematic approach, together with the distribution restrictions by relevant local governments, ensures the safety of fishery products in the market.
As this is not widely reported, we have published the information and links from the IAEA website below.
Excerpts from relevant passages on their website are also viewable in PDF format.
Information of food safety in Tohoku area (excerpted version) (4.6MB)
*This PDF file contains excerpts from the IAEA webpage and reports (English), and from a report by the Fisheries Agency of Japan (Japanese).
*Red-underlined items in this PDF are excerpted by JETRO in regards to related information.
*See the eighth paragraph on the website page, slightly below the middle.
IAEA mission report
*See page 59 of the PDF file, lines 14 to 18.
Report on the Monitoring of Radionuclides in Fishery Products (May 2014, Fisheries Agency of Japan)
*See the 87 page of PDF file, "4-3-2 IAEA Evaluation of Food Monitoring"