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Japanese Ambassador slams Swiss food checks

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10:30 CEST+02:00

The Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland says the Alpine country’s checks on food imports are over-the-top.


Japan’s Ambassador to Switzerland Ichiro Komatsu said in an interview with the Sonntag Zeitung that the increased checks on food imports from Japan put in place by Switzerland are unnecessary.

Since Wednesday, Japanese foods can be imported to Switzerland provided they come with a certification by local authorities guaranteeing they were not exposed to radioactivity. Customs officers are carrying out random checks on the imports.

In the interview, Komatsu is quoted as saying that the country may be over-reacting on the basis of “unconfirmed reports,” especially considering that the World Health Organization has said there is no immediate threat to people’s health.

Komatsu is also praising Switzerland for its “immense” solidarity and friendship with Japan, which was hit by a devastating quake and tsunami on March 11.

“The support and solidarity were huge,” he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.


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