Taiwan is considering phasing out restrictions on the import of food products from five Japanese prefectures banned in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima reactor meltdowns.

Deputy Council of Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung told Kyodo News that the administration is working toward the direction of relaxing the restrictions in two stages.

At the first stage, the import of food products with "low safety risks" would be allowed, the implementation of which would serve as a reference for the relaxation of the restrictions at the second stage, he said.