FDA Bans Japanese Imports of Produce and Dairy Products

 By: Lisa Capote
FDA food laws permit its officers to take those actions necessary to protect the food supply of its citizens. Tuesday FDA officials decided that halting dairy products and produce from certain areas of Japan was within their purview under FDA food laws to ensure the safety of the US food supply.

FDA's concern is dairy and products and produce from the area where the nuclear reactor is leaking radiation. FDA stated that all foods from this region of Japan will be detained at the border and will not be sold to the public. In previous actions by FDA officials stated that they would only be increasing the screening process for these foods. It appears with the growing concern over the radiation leaks FDA has increased its efforts to protect Americans by banning all imports of diary and produce from the region.

Other foods, including seafood, will be sold after being screened for radiation.
Japanese foods make up less than 4 percent of all imports into the US. The most common imports are seafood, snack foods, and processed fruits and vegetables. FDA expects no risk to the food supply from radiation. Officials and health experts say the doses are low and not a threat to human health unless the tainted products are consumed in abnormally excessive quantities.
Already, Japan has banned sales of milk and spinach in the areas near the nuclear power plant. Seafood is being monitored for radiation near the plants. Elevated levels were detected in seawater samples taken Tuesday. According to officials the immense size of the ocean would disperse the radiation. Therefore fish should not be in danger, however shellfish may be a danger.

All food contains some measure of radiation. The issue with radiation is not its presence, but the levels of exposure to an individual. At this moment, the chances of US citizens receiving tainted foods from Japan is very low. Take into consideration the los percentage of imports plus the fact that the most common form of contamination decays to its non-radioactive form very quickly should help Americans rest assured that the chances of contamination through food products is highly unlikely.
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