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ICRP International

Conference on Recovery After Nuclear Accidents

Radiological Protection Lessons
from Fukushima and Beyond

December 1 - 18, 2020

Y. Ishikawa

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Discipline in International Trade in Food After a Nuclear Accident: The Role of ICRP Recommendations

Y. Ishikawa (University of Shizuoka, Japan)

When radionuclides are dispersed in the surrounding areas due to a major accident at a nuclear power plant, neighboring countries usually suspend imports of agricultural and food products from the affected areas or intensify import inspections. In reality, this does not immediately lead to trade disputes. Rather, once the accident is largely under control and food products produced in the affected areas are permitted to be placed on the market, conflicts are more likely to arise over the legitimacy of such import restrictions. The trade dispute between Japan and Korea over Japanese food products after the Fukushima accident is a typical example. International trade in food containing radionuclides after a nuclear accident is regulated through the World Trade Organization and the Codex Alimentarius Commission. However, they contain structural limitations in terms of achieving optimal discipline in this regard. This presentation aims to highlight that the ICRP recommendations provide a rationale for a more balanced discipline.



石川義道 (静岡県立大学、日本)





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