The European Union has signaled it plans to relax import restrictions on Japanese seafood, which have been in place since last year's nuclear disaster.
Maria Damanaki, European commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, told The Asahi Shimbun on July 11 that the risks posed by radioactive substances in seafood (after testing) are almost zero.
The EU stipulated after the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake that food products from 11 prefectures, including Fukushima, should be accompanied by documents certifying that their radioactive content is below safety standards.
Damanaki said the regulations will be reviewed in September and October.
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