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Parliamentary questions
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22 August 2017
E-004859/2017(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-004859/2017

1. The proposed changes to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/6(1) are based upon data provided by the Japanese authorities. It concerns about 132 000 analytical results on the presence of radioactivity in a wide range of foodstuffs (except beef) and about 527 000 analytical results on beef from the 5th and the 6th growing season (January 2015-December 2016). The occurrence data are publicly available(2) and mainly come from food originating in the prefectures within the zone with restrictions.

2. The changes to Regulation (EU) 2016/6 are proposed following a detailed analysis of the abovementioned data. The requirement for pre-testing before export is lifted only for food and feed from a prefecture where sufficient data demonstrate that food and feed is compliant in the last growing season with the strict maximum levels applicable in Japan and which are referred to in Annex I of the regulation. A detailed justification for the proposed changes can be provided to the Honourable Members of the European Parliament by separate mail upon request.

3. The term ‘low frequency’ refers to the random controls performed by the competent authorities of the Member States, given that no specific control frequency has been established at EU level. It generally refers to a frequency of less than 5% of consignments that are sampled and analysed at import.

(1)Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/6 of 5 January 2016 imposing special conditions governing the import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station and repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) No 322/2014 (OJ L 3, 6.1.2016, p. 5).
(2)http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/index_food_radioactive.html

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