EU to ease Japanese food import restrictions

The European Union says it will partially ease import restrictions from mid-November on some Japanese food products. The EU has been requiring radiation tests for certain goods since the 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

The European Commission says from November 14, it will remove all restrictions on agricultural and fisheries products from Iwate, Tochigi, and Chiba prefectures.

It will also end testing requirements on some products from several other regions.

But regulations will continue to affect certain items from nine prefectures. They include some marine products and wild plants from Fukushima.

Japanese government officials say they will call on the EU to remove the remaining restrictions.