As concerns over nuclear disaster continue to mount in Japan, there has been some concern about potential radiation in foods imported from Japan. Most of the food produced in Japan is also consumed there, but Japan does export a large amount of seafood and other products to other countries. The FDA has announced that they will be keeping a close watch on goods imported from Japan to ensure that there is no evidence of radioactive contamination. Read the WSJ Health Blog story here.
Japanese food imports account for about 4% of all food imported from other countries. Fish and seafood are unlikely to be affected by radiation as radioactive material is easily diluted by seawater. Along with seafood, snack foods and processed fruits and veggies are the most commonly imported Japanese food products and will naturally garner the most concern.
The FDA is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security, which has the ability to scan entire shipping containers for radiation.
My heart goes out to the people of Japan. I hope for a speedy and safe recovery from this horrifying disater.