Amid detection of low levels of radiation in the United States, he Food and Drug Administration says “it will halt imports of dairy products and produce from the area of Japan where a nuclear reactor is leaking radiation.” (M.C. Jalonick, AP Washington, 3/22).
Although the FDA previously reported it would enhance the screening of foods from Japan, the agency is now saying foods from the affected area of Japan “will be detained at entry and will not be sold to the public.” Other imported foods, such as seafood, will continue to be sold but will first be screened for radiation.
Although Japanese imported foods constitute less then 4 percent of all imports of the U.S, it is still critical for the FDA to ensure safety for all consumers. As a Chicago personal injury lawyer, I am supportive of the FDA's steps to ensure food safety.