March 15 is the World Consumer Rights Day. Imported food from nuclear radiated area in Japan, including milk powder, cereal and wine, were found on online business platforms and shops in China. Muji, one of the most popular Japanese chain stores, is one of the shops.
Food in Muji was tagged with Chinese labels. The country of origin on the label was Japan. Market and Quality Supervision Commission of Shenzhen Municipality found that after removing the Chinese label on the package, it showed that the food was produced in Tokyo, which is in the list of Import Forbidden Countries published by General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ).
AEON Supermarket in Shenzhen was also found selling rice produced in Niigata-ken. Another company of Shenzhen also admitted selling Calbee cereal which was produced in nuclear radiated area. Over 20,000 bags of Calbee cereal were found in the warehouse in Tianjin.
In 2011, a serious nuclear leakage happened in Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. A notice of importing food from Japan published in the same year by GAQSIQ mentioned that it is forbidden to import food from 12 regions in Japan, including Fukushima, Niigata-ken, Saitama and Tokyo.
AEON has removed all Japan imported food. Supermarkets in Beijing, including 711, Carrefour, Walmart, Wu Mart are removing Japan imported food. Online platforms such as taobao.com and jd.com are also working on checking Japan imported food. Muji Beijing didn’t remove their products and announced on March 17 that their food were legally imported from Japan.