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The Effect of the Accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and Actions taken by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries -Additional Q&A on Ensuring of Smooth Food Distribution-(March 30)

MAFF posts information about ensuring smooth food distribution after the accident occurred at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station of Tokyo Electric Power Company as follows. We add additional

Q&A on ensuring smooth food distribution.

Q&A: Ensuring smooth food distribution after the accident occurred at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station of Tokyo Electric Power Company (As of 30 March 2011)

 

Q1 In order not to affect the distribution of agricultural products which is not restrained shipment, what kind of measures has MAFF taken?

 

A1 It is of utmost importance that we provide accurate information to consumers, food processors and distributors.

In this situation, we provide the research result promptly, and also transmit accurate knowledge related to the meaning of provisional regulation value and the effect on human health in cooperation with relevant ministries, such as the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Furthermore we give notices to food processors and distributors to ensure smooth distribution and consumption based on scientific and objective evidence.

We also call upon distributors organization such as food retail member to do the same.

We endeavor to provide accurate and adequate information.

 

Q2 Regarding agricultural products which is restrained shipment, is it possible to seek compensation for the cost for unsold and waste of products which occurs at the distribution level, including at the wholesale market?

 

A2 It is judged by “the Judgment Criterion for the Extent of Nuclear Damage” which will be stipulated by “Nuclear Damage Compensation Dispute Judgment Committee” based on “the Law concerning Compensation for Nuclear Damage”.
At present, the compensation for farmers whose products are restrained shipment is being discussed. And then, the extent of compensation for food industry including distributors will be discussed.
Therefore, it is necessary to keep documentations which will be the evidence for the existence of unsold and returned products or disposal loss in order to respond when the extent of compensation will be defined.

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