Experts Assess Risk of Fish from Pacific Following Fukushima Accident

17 October 2012, at 1:00am

EU - Yesterday the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission hosted an EU-Japan expert meeting to assess the risk to EU consumers of the import of fish from the Pacific following the Fukushima accident.

All fish caught in Japanese waters are monitored on landing and before export. Samples are also monitored on import to the EU. The levels of contamination have dropped.

The monitoring carried out by Japanese authorities has succeeded in keeping all contaminated fish off the market and indeed no significant contamination has been measured on imports to the EU.

The analyses of the Japanese fisheries agency, the French radioprotection services, the EU Joint Research Centre and the University of New York all showed that no fish caught outside Japanese waters will be contaminated to an extent that justifies continuing monitoring of imports.