FDA Blocks Import Of Japanese Milk And Produce

Concerned by reports that produce from farms near the damaged Fukushima power plant exhibited elevated levels of radiation, the US Food and Drug Administration has decided to temporarily halt import of some foods.

On March 19, Japanese officials reported that “excessive levels of radiation were found in spinach and kakina (a local Japanese vegetable) in Fukushima and adjacent Ibaraki prefectures, traces of radioactive iodine were detected in tap water in Tokyo and nearby prefectures, and cesium in some samples.”

By March 21, the Japanese Prime Minister ordered the Governors of the affected prefectures of Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, and Tochigi to stop the distribution of spinach and kakina (a local Japanese vegetable) into the market.

The Prime Minister also ordered the Governor of Fukushima prefecture to stop the distribution of raw milk.

According to the FDA website:

“The agency’s import tracking system has been programmed to automatically flag all shipments of FDA-regulated products from Japan, and the Agency maintains a registry of companies that prepare, pack, manufacture, or hold food for intended consumption in the U.S. The Agency will be paying special attention to shipments from those companies in the affected area.”

Despite these increased measures, both the FDA and Japanese officials claim that there is no direct threat–either to people or the US food supply.

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Jim Ven
Jim Vabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

Well, where is Japanese milk sold?

Lindsey Williams
Lindsey Williams6 years ago

Good question helen k. do we import milk form japan? thank you for sharing this article. glad the fda blocked it. Poort people in japan...

Chavonne Harvey
Chavonne H6 years ago

that means they can't eat their own food either, that's awful.

Monica Lau
Monica L6 years ago

Here in Australia we have imported food but none from Japan not that I have seen. It is terrible that this tragedy happened just hope that they receive help from all the other countries as I am sure they will notbe abandoned.

K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

George May
George May6 years ago

Who would import milk from japan anyway????? or from anywhere for that matter?

Olivia Offline S.
Past Member 6 years ago

Good move (for a change) but why do we need to import food or milk from Japan??? Are we paying all the American farmers not to grow/produce???

Jeremy Martin
Jeremy Martin6 years ago

Why is the Japanese government getting rid of there foods that they thank is ok to send to the U.S. if they need food so bad? And I am not say anythang about the people of japan just those in power! peace & love to my japanese brothers & sisters and may all good be with you all!

Steve R.
Steve R6 years ago

I just can hardly believe that the FDA actually did something SENSIBLE for a change!

I really expected the FDA to encourage this tainted food so that their drug company buddies could make more money selling us "trreatments" for the "symptoms" of radiation sickness or whatever.

Hmmm - maybe we're actually getting through to them??