Ban on Japan food products lifted

Story from MBPC By ELLALYN B. DE VERA July 3rd 2011, 8:00pm
Manila, Philippines – Barely two months after issuing a ban on the importation of plants, fruits, and vegetables from Japan due to radiation safety concerns, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said these products are now allowed for entry and sale in country.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala issued Memorandum Order No. 12 dated last June 14, which lifts the ban on the entry of Japan agricultural produce, provided they are covered by necessary documents as provided under the Philippine Law.

“Importation of plants, planting materials, and plant products (fruits, vegetables, etc) from all prefectures of Japan, is now allowed, provided they have complete Plant Quarantine documents and in accordance with pertinent provisions of Presidential Decree (PD) 1433, the Philippine Plant Quarantine Law of 1978, and Department of Agriculture Order No. 18 Series of 2000,” stated the memorandum.

It cited the amendments to an earlier DA memorandum last April 18, temporarily banning the importation of plants, planting materials, and plant products from radiation-affected areas of Japan.

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