The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a national recall of a fermented soybean product on Sunday, after discovering there was a small soy pack contained in the product which originated from Fukushima. Following radiation tests it was found the product was not radiated according to the FDA.
But the discovery of the Ibaraki-sourced soy sauce had caught authorities off guard, highlighting a loophole in Taiwan's five-year ban on food imports from five Japanese prefectures.
Food products from Fukushima, Gunma, Chiba, Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures are banned over fears they may be radioactive from contaminants following the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011.
According to the ban any business that chose to keep the product in the market after the recall would be subject to a maximum NT$3 million penalty, health authorities said.