Taiwan is planning to phase out restrictions imposed on food imports from five Japanese prefectures in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, health authorities have said.

Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung told a Chinese year-end news conference on Monday that while the Taiwan government will never allow the import of Japanese food products contaminated with radioactive material, it will "make appropriate adjustments" concerning those that are not contaminated according to the regulations of international trade.

Chen, however, emphasized that there is no timetable for easing the ban.