Federal regulatory agencies are closely monitoring the on going situation in Japan and making decisions to keep Americans safe. Japanese nuclear reactors damaged in the wake of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami have many concerned that radiation tainted foods could find their way to the US. However, the FDA and the USDA have initiated screening and monitoring procedures at US borders. Nutrition Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension Ellen Schuster says this demonstrates that the appropriate government agencies are monitoring the situation and changing their response as facts on the ground change. Click to hear Schuster.
Schuster says it’s important to recognize that Japanese food imports make up less than four percent of the foods that are shipped into the U.S.