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FDA Stops Some Japanese Food From Entering U.S. Due To Radiation

Following the post-earthquake nuclear calamity in Japan, Boston locals may have heard that all fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, and milk products coming from any of the four prefectures in located near the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will now be prohibited from entering the United States.

CNN reported that a spokesperson from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also announced that all other food items that have been manufactured or produced in the affected areas - Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, and Fukushima - will be subject to further testing, as well as food products from other parts of Japan.

The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 has caused much damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and the effects from the natural disasters have resulted in amounts of dangerously radioactive iodine contaminating the country's food.

Japanese officials said they found high levels of iodine in milk from four locations in Fukushima that ranged between 20 percent over the acceptable limit to levels 17 times more than that limit. Tests at 10 locations in Ibaraki, a hub of vegetable production in Japan, have found radioactive iodine levels in spinach that ranged from 5 percent to 27 times more than the acceptable limits.

Seven other sites in Ibaraki have also shown levels of cesium growing between 4 percent to almost four times the limit.

Still, the FDA said it expects no risk of radiation in America's food supply, considering that the U.S. only imports less than 4 percent of its foods from Japan, according to The New York Times. Common imports from Japan to the U.S. include processed fruits and vegetables, seafood, and snack foods.

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