Govt to monitor aquatic product data

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Environment & Ecology Bureau said today that it will continuously monitor various data during the period of prohibition against imported aquatic products originating from 10 metropolises or prefectures in Japan.   Permanent Secretary for Environment & Ecology (Food) Vivian Lau made the remarks in a press conference held to convey details of Hong Kong’s strengthening of safety restrictions on food products imported from Japan.   The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government will prohibit the import of all aquatic products originating from Tokyo, Fukushima, Chiba, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Gunma, Miyagi, Niigata, Nagano and Saitama from tomorrow.   Miss Lau said: “We will keep under review a basket of factors, including how the operation of the nuclear-contaminated water treatment system is going, any statistics or data from the Japanese side on the seawater near the Fukushima nuclear power station, and the radiation level of any food samples and aquatic product samples collected nearby.”   She said Hong Kong's Centre for Food Safety is now collecting aquatic product samples daily and conducting tests on them.   “On when the Government would consider amending the food safety order, I think it is now too early to say,” she added.

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