FDA Import Alert: U.S. bans agricultural and fishery products from 14 prefectures in Japan due to Fukushima radionuclides — Top Newspaper: Concern over contamination is spreading to most countries around Pacific

Published: September 28th, 2013 at 10:55 am ET
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Dong-A Ilbo, Sept. 28, 2013 (Korea’s top newspaper): [...] Concerns over Japan’s radioactive contamination and its seafood is spreading to most countries in the Pacific basin. The United States has recently banned agricultural and fishery imports from 14 prefectures in Japan, up from eight. South Korea puts a similar ban on fishery imports from eight prefectures, while China and Taiwan does so for 10 and five prefectures, respectively. [... The IAEA's] upcoming probe needs to shed light on the cause and situation of soil and sea water contamination. [...] It would be much better if experts from South Korea, the United States and China participate in the investigation. It is natural for a global organization to intervene in an international issue. [...]

FDA Import Alert 99-33, Sept. 9, 2013: Detention Without Physical Examination of Products from Japan Due to Radionuclide Contamination [...] NOTE: Revision to this Import Alert dated September 9, 2013 adds multiple products to the list of products restricted by the Government of Japan [...] Previous revisions to this Import Alert dated March 23, April 12, April 14, April 20, April 21, May 9, June 13, July 6, October 21, 2011, February 1, 2012 and July 25, 2012 provided updates to the products and/or prefectures subject to detention without physical examination. [...] The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant houses several nuclear reactors that have posed signs of a potential threat of radiological contamination to the surrounding areas. Due to the public health concerns that are associated with radiation and nuclear contamination, FDA has increased surveillance of regulated products from Japan. [...] Guidance: Districts may detain, without physical examination, the specified products from firms in the ***Fukushima, Aomori, Chiba, Gumna, Ibaraki, Iwate, Miyagi, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama Shizuoka, Tochigig, Yamagata and Yamanashi prefectures.*** [...] FDA will continue monitoring the public health risks due to radionuclide contamination, and when appropriate will remove the Import Alert and resume routine coverage of entries. [...]

See also: FDA "paying attention to the leaks" at Fukushima -- "Do not worry about radioactive fish" -- Will test seafood "as needed"

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  • "FDA will continue monitoring the public health risks due to radionuclide contamination, and WHEN APPROPRIATE will remove the Import Alert and resume routine coverage of entries."

    Any idea how long that might be?

    Be honest.
    Do you think it will get better or worse?

    What impact will this have on Japan's economy?
    Will people/companies become desperate and switch labels pertaining to the product's origin?
    (That's pretty easy to do.)


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  • or-well

    No bear meat from Niigata or Yamagata!
    (A sad aside, bear oocurs more than twice)
    Also, 7 Prefectures have only 1 item on the list.


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  • Korea, Russia and China all have beefs with Japan. US, with marines installed is Japans ally and so is Canada to the extent our foreign policy generally follows the coat tails of US. So I doubt there will be huge cooperation in this issue. As allies of Japan we are supposed to support them and their economy. Why are we allies with Japan again? Seems to me since all this radiation is leaking into the ocean and air ruining fishing grounds and farming Japan is looking like an asshole to the rest of the international community.
    Why do we support assholes?


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    • or-well

      As one of the key functions of modern governments seems to be supporting corporations, profitable trade would seem to explain much in the way of "allies".
      The framing of nations as allies also inherently supports the framing of other nations as enemies.
      One could ask why we continue to consent to be governed by assholes.


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    • bsgcic bsgcic

      I think the military and upper administrative branch of certain allied democratic nations – USA, UK, Canada, Japan, South Korea – are actively trying to maintain the status quo of nuclear weapons in Asia for national defense. (I hope they don't send an assassination squad after me for saying this out in the open – modern version of the Pelican Brief?) Thus, the UK, US, etc. pressured Japan to restart other nuclear reactors in Japan, are trying to maintain a cover for the tie between use of the nuclear industry for enriching uranium for nuclear weapons (there have been enenews articles on this including ones specifically linking the Fukushima reactors with uranium enrichment), etc.
      I do not agree with this practice by the way. I think consideration of nuclear deterrence in regards to North Korea, perhaps China (though I doubt it is necessary because China is economically tied with democratic nations), etc. is a main focus for these agencies in this regard. They probably do not want to have to modify their national security strategy because of a nuclear accident and rather that the accident be dealt with without disrupting their nuclear deterence strategy via maintaining nuclear weapons capabilities within allied democratic nations. I believe that this is a major factor in the efforts among nations (Japan, US, UK, etc.) to keep information from the public regarding Fukushima. I think that they are willing to sacrifice an "acceptable" number of innocent civitilians for this.


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      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        excellent intuition bsgcic. For the most part, your conclusions are in alignment with mine…


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      • bsgcic bsgcic

        I meant to mention in my descriptive above the strong link between the nuclear power industry and the nuclear weapons industry. There have been enenews articles reporting that the power companies that run the nuclear power plants are also contracted with their governments (including in Japan) for using the nuclear power plants to enrich uranium for material for use in nuclear weapons. If they loose the nuclear power generation capabilities, then they loose the ability to maintain production and maintenance of nuclear warheads within their countries.

        With this happening in Japan, it results in a major decrease in the nuclear deterence capabilities within Asia, particularly with offsetting crazy North Korea which repeatedly fires off nuclear missiles in the area (often over Japan!) and keeps the democratic allied nations on their toes as to what they are going to do next. I mean everyone is tense about North Korea and Iran – the "Axis of Evil"!

        As if the nuclear submarines with missiles are not enough??!

        So we have coordinated coverup of Fukushima among our allied democratic nations at the expense of Japanese children, and now children of other nations, and possibly if the spent fuel goes into an uncontrollable criticality, then every child, every human on the planet.

        Well, at least the government officials trying to deter North Korea can feel rest assured that North Korea will also be affected by a disaster in the spent fuel pools.

        This whole thing is beyond…


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        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          This intent is now a mute point, since enough nuclear weapons exist on Planet Earth to extinguish all life on globe many times over.

          This may have been a concern/consideration point 40 years ago but not any more. There is no need anywhere in this world for any new nuclear weapons/programs to be created by anyone.

          This is now all about the money made from such military exercises/enterprises and nothing more. These corporations do not want to give up your heavily subsided tax dollar windfall that are already reaching into the 10 trillion removed mark.

          Not a smart jobs program..and it should end.


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          • bsgcic bsgcic

            obewanspeaks – I agree. Corporations and industries do not just voluntarily close for the good of others. They fight to survive. Look at the tobacco companies and industry which had fought the notion that cigarettes are bad for health for decades. They fought to maintain advertising to kids. The nuclear industry, defense contractors, etc. are not just going to step aside for the good of others. It was clear as day that Vermont Yankee, same design reactor as at Fukushima, should not have had its license renewed and should not have been continued. Entergy (and the NRC, federal government, etc.) waited for the "win" in federal court against Vermont before they announced closing the plant for * economic * reasons.
            We see some similar tensions between the central government of Japan and the prefectural (Japan's equivalent of States) government of Fukushima. I speak and read Japanese (lived and worked in Japan for 8 years) and have watched Japanese Diet (their Congress) sessions where representatives from Fukushima viciously attacked the Japanese Prime Minister calling for him to resign. We see Enenews coverage of the equivalent of the governor of Fukushima issuing SOSs to the world.
            When the central administration and defense department of nations actively protect an industry and its corporations, I think it is extremely difficult (and in cases dangerous) for citizens and States of the nations to change its course. But we are facing in this case risk to humanity itself.


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            • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

              Agreed! Mankind needs to make a choice and soon..


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            • We Not They Finally

              bsgcic, thank you for the Japanese input, as the rest of us mostly do not speak Japanese. Am glad the Fukushima area reps calling for Abe to resign. There has been so little news of the people most directly affected crying out!! For all we know, massive numbers of people there would be out protesting if anything in their culture gave them a green light. Here in the U.S., we do not even protest when we should and it is our right. But I don't think that in Japan they even have such a tradition. I wonder what desperation is doing to these people because surely many must be desperate by now.


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              • bsgcic bsgcic

                WNTF, thank you for your comment. I agree that Japanese culture has a major effect in terms of producing less pushback from the public. For example, when I was living in Japan, there was a news report of a girl being groaped (i.e., touched in her private areas) on a train by a stranger (man). This happens all the time on trains in Japan and usually and unfortunately the girls do not yell out for help but rather try to remove the hand themselves. In the case of the news report, the girl yelled out loudly that she was being groaped ("Chikan") and for someone to help her. NO ONE in the packed train tried to help her at all! No one even yelled out to stop attacking her! Now, I can imagine, that if the same thing occured on a crowded train in the U.S., there would have been a pretty significant response by other passengers and the man groaping the girl may very well have placed himself in mortal danger or at least for a huge beating. The culture is different and I think does play a significant role on the kind of pushback to the government from the Japanese populace. I am not trying to judge the Japanese culture here by the way. I am just trying to illustrate that it is very different than in the U.S. in many ways. (By the way, I personally have had experience standing up for a young elementary school girl on a crowded Japanese train who was targetted by a drunk and actually unusually enormous (like over 6 ft with weight!) guy placing myself between them and confronting him.)


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                • bsgcic bsgcic

                  I'm American by the way. Was working for a large Japanese company in their Tokyo offices for 8 years. Wife is Japanese. We and our family returned to my home state of Massachusetts on 3/28/2011 because of Fukushima and decided a few weeks later due to Arnie Gundersen's videos, Dr. Takeda of Chuo University, etc., to not board our return flight to Japan and instead buy our house in Massachusetts. (It was a very empty house because we only had with us the few things we had brought on the plane – no moving trucks, nothing.)


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                • NoNukes NoNukes

                  NYTimes: Largest protest in Tokyo since 1960s — Japanese Energy Expert: It’s an irreversible change, I expect this type of movement to continue
                  http://enenews.com/nytimes-largest-protest-in-tokyo-since-1960s-japanese-energy-expert-its-an-irreversible-change-i-expect-this-type-of-movement-to-continue

                  Top Japan paper reports 100,000 at Tokyo nuclear protest, then alters headline (VIDEO)
                  http://enenews.com/100000-reported-at-tokyo-nuclear-protest

                  ‘Unusual Move’: Japan ex-Prime Minister joins ever-bigger crowds at weekly Tokyo protest — Fresh sign ruling party is fracturing
                  http://enenews.com/unusual-move-japans-ex-prime-minister-joins-ever-bigger-crowds-at-weekly-tokyo-protest-fresh-sign-ruling-party-is-fracturing

                  Watch: Up to 200,000 reported lining streets of Tokyo for protest (PHOTOS & VIDEOS) — Armored vehicles barricade PM’s residence — NYT Reporter: “See office workers, moms w/ small kids, seniors, Buddhist priests” http://enenews.com/watch-up-to-200000-reported-lining-streets-of-tokyo-for-protest-photos-videos-nyt-reporter-see-office-workers-moms-w-small-kids-seniors-buddhist-priests-photos

                  Video: 200,000 protest nuclear power
                  http://enenews.com/video-200000-protest-nuclear-power


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                  • bsgcic bsgcic

                    NoNukes, Thank you for your reply. I know about those protests. Actually, I watched the Japanese videos of many of them. However, I still think that given the magnitude of the risk to the Japanese people and Asia from a unstoppable criticality in the spent fuel pools, etc., those protests are much less than would be expected in a Western culture. By the way, I love Japan and Japanese culture. There were other cases where people discrupted news conferences by TEPCO such that they had to evacuate the rooms and buildings, etc.
                    There is beyond doubt a huge difference culturally in being vocal for ones safety, rights, principles, etc. between Japan and the West.
                    I mean I worked for 8 years completely in Japanese culture and language for a large traditional Japanese company. I worked for American companies for 7 years (excluding 2 years for my mba) prior to that.
                    It is different. (Again, I am not judging; just saying that it is different.)


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                    • NoNukes NoNukes

                      Huge levels of radiation have hit the United States from Fukushima, and the response of the United States government has been to raise acceptable limits of radiation.

                      Even though the United States is far larger than Japan, I have not heard of even one protest on this issue of over 100,000 people anywhere in the United States, much less 200,000.

                      If you have a link to such a protest, I would be very happy to see it.

                      As far as I know, the pressure from the Japanese people has helped to keep many of the reactors in Japan shut down, where most of the reactors in the U.S. are going strong, many just like those in Fukushima, accidents waiting to happen.

                      The record breaking protests in Japan are quite impressive.

                      “High concentrations” of radiation hit US and Canada — Plume was rich in Cesium-137 and “close to the surface” from Vancouver southward — See also Hawaii, Florida (MAPS)

                      “Already on 15 March, a first isolated 133Xe cloud reached western North America, followed by the arrival of high concentrations of both 133Xe and 137Cs on 19 March.”
                      “The main part of the radioactive plume entered western North America on 17–18 March…rich in 137Cs, as it was still close to the surface south of 50 [Most of US/Canada border is 49°]…

                      http://enenews.com/high-concentrations-cesium-137-hit-canada


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                    • bsgcic bsgcic

                      NoNukes – Those are good points.
                      I think there are many factors involved. First, I think there is far less awareness in the U.S. to people at large that there are even ongoing issues and risks at Fukushima aside from the occasional coverage in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc. Many people really don't seem aware or concerned.
                      Second, I would imagine that the American public's response would be different if the Fukushima plants and disaster was located within the continental U.S., producing the same amount of radiation and issues, managed by an electric company, and with the U.S. government being openly deceptive about it, threatening doctors if they tell patients that their symptoms are based on the disaster, etc.
                      But I guess who really knows.
                      It seems that the situation at Three Mile Island was somewhat well contained.
                      Well, to your point, we don't hear of people banging down the doors of their state senators and representatives despite the looming risk of the federal government shutting down.
                      However, when we look back at issues in the U.S. where the public was very against the practices of the administration (e.g., protests to the Vietnam war), I think they were far more "lively" than what we are seeing in Japan.


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                    • NoNukes NoNukes

                      The levels of fatigue from radiation are bad, I know, still, I wished there was a protest as large as those of the Japanese people here.


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    • So that China doesnt take them over and become the Uber country. That simple


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    • We Not They Finally

      Mark I agree with you….It is infuriating to face the end results of the lack of wisdom intelligence and understanding that the Japanese and Americans have show towards the corruption of our oceans food chain and atmosphere.No wonder that there is such interest in using robotics and mechanical man to extend the lives of the wealthy..I refer to MIT trained Ray Kurzweil "The Singularity is near" referring to the union of man and robotics using redesigning with mechanics the human brain and body…


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Radionuclides do not go away soon.

    Radionuclides bioaccumulate.

    Look at the truth from Chernobyl.

    Now multiply, it's the little x.

    The magnitude of Fukushima.

    Coming soon, to a theatre near you…


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  • Sickputer

    "up from eight"?

    Excuse me, but when did they ban imports from the first 8 prefectures? Ten minutes before this 2.6 years-too-tardy announcement?

    A month ago they were in typical whitewash mode:

    http://2knowabout.blogspot.com/2013/08/scientist-fda-dont-worry-about.html?m=1

    August 11, 2013

    "Alaska fishermen and fish consumers shouldn't be concerned about the new disclosures of radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean near the site of the hobbled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, according to an ocean chemist and a spokeswoman for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."


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    • ftlt

      Sick: Yep way late… If they had done it earlier it would have helped protect folks in Japan and around the world that much earlier too


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      • Yeah well, all conspiracy theories aside, it doesn't look like they are too worried about protecting our sorry hides. Actions do speak louder then words. If the cancer rates go up and they make a return on say a nuclear fuel re-processing plant its a good day for them. Thats a fact.


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        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          The cancer rates will go up and 60% of those diagnosed and that die form this disease will have had healthy lifestyles. I do not think this (increased cancer rates) is up for any debate and is well known by all medical/research establishments.

          When you purposefully crap on your food with invisible poisons before you eat it, there my be a foul taste left in ones mouth, which will then proceed to emanate from every orifice.

          Thus why all life on Planet Earth is now in the process of diminishing..


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          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            oops..there "may" be a foul taste left on ones mouth!


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          • We Not They Finally

            Obewanspeaks. This is the tragedy that comes from listening to greedy selfish fools lie to us about nuclear safety..Diminishing is too soft a word.The total destruction of all life on this world including the corruption of not only Human DNA but all DNA..I go from trying to understand to total anger anguish and hate.I may sound like im trying to comprehend and then I simply cant comprehend the terrible horror that is coming to planet Earth.At this pt I sort of feel that alien demonic interest is the source of the horror.Humans wouldnt do this to themselves???


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        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          projected death rates, Mark, will be indiscriminate. The only conspiracy will be found in the stupidity of those who collaborated in covering-up the truth of this catastrophe. The decision was made way back in the early days of 311 to keep the truth at bay; or at least, attempt it.

          Doubtless, these nutters within the nuke industry thought they'd come up with a solution; and not unlike all previous violations of our environment, they deemed money would act as the band-aid to yet-another of their cost-cutting blunders.

          Most of us, out here, used our innate intuition (way back in the early days of 311) and sensed that this 'event' was not going to submit to the usual corporate smoke-n-mirrors. I'll even bet that their own industry insiders also realized that Fukushima was an end-times event. The only difference was, those industry insiders didn't have the courage to speak-up, when it could've made (somewhat of) a difference; like advising that immediate efforts be undertaken to move the populations of East Asia to less hazardous locals, or, alerting the people of the America to the contamination of their food supplies…etc…etc…

          So now, not only do we find an even bigger mess trailing from behind, we'll have to expend even greater resources trying to clean-up what's been long denied…


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Its imperative that all the corral boards be constantly mended and then kept firmly in place since the money stream generated is massive.


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  • or-well

    One might suspect the national "Eat and Support Fukushima!" campaign will be intensified,and expanded, with greater pressure to achieve readings within officially acceptable levels.


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  • Carlin-esque. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYIC0eZYEtI worth repeating. God, what a genius he was. Too sane to run for office.


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  • weeman

    I am glad to hear this and it is a step in the right direction.
    But they must be vigilant , cause you know just because a package says chile, does not mean all the ingredients are from Chile or packaged in Chile, etc. this will be the hardest part to implicate and if someone's if in threat of loosing big money, they will find ways to bypass restrictions.
    Just like you can not dump radioactive substances into the ocean as per international agreements, but if you release in a under water pipe it is okay and this is deemed to be land based, see what I mean?


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    • We Not They Finally

      Yes, weeman, especially since every single prefecture SURROUNDING Tokyo Prefecture, and the prefectures around that band, too, are banned, but Tokyo Prefecture is not! — I'm sure purely for political and trade reasons. We need to not buy from Japan PERIOD.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, a sleeping world will/must finally awake to the insanity found all around us..we can only hope!


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  • NUCLEAR NEWS from the US military. – NUMBER TWO US NUCLEAR COMMANDER SUSPENDED AND UNDER INVESTIGATION. No reason given.

    Huff Post: The highly unusual action against a high-ranking officer at U.S. Strategic Command was made more than three weeks ago but not publicly announced.

    Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, the commander of Strategic Command, suspended the deputy commander, Navy Vice Adm. TIM GIARDINA, from his duties on Sept. 3.

    He is still assigned to the command but is prohibited from performing duties related to nuclear weapons and other issues requiring a security clearance.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/28/tim-giardina-suspended_n_4009066.html

    UK DAILY MAIL – Giardina is being investigated for GAMBLING issues

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2436621/Second-command-countrys-nuclear-arsenal-suspended-investigated-GAMBLING.html

    They blame it on gambling. The true reason could still be political (discontent with the Commander in Chief) or worse.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Back in May 2013, the US Air Force stripped 17 officers to control and launch nuclear missiles after repeated failings over the last few years involving competence and discipline issues.

    http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/2013/05/nuclear-news-us-air-force-removes-17.html


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  • lickerface lickerface

    Am I right in assuming this will devastate the sushi restaraunts in the USA?

    Some Japan shipping lines also forward freight from other SE Asia countries like Indonesia, so I am hoping this doesn't hold those up.


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    • We Not They Finally

      One would HOPE it would devastate the sushi restaurants in America. Not wishing ill on the restarateurs, but the food is poison. But note, that Tokyo Prefecture itself is EXEMPT from the ban even though all prefectures surrounding Tokyo are subject to the ban. This is treacherous, because anything that can make its way to Tokyo and get relabeled is liable to be shipped.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Two Things You’d Rather Not Know About Chicken Nuggets

    ‘The Autopsy of a Chicken Nugget’

    "They found that the part of the chicken you think you’re getting—striated muscle—is not the predominant ingredient in nuggets. Fat, bone, nerve, connective tissue, and epithelium were present in equal or greater quantities than chicken meat."

    "It’s similar to what’s known in the food industry as “meat slurry,” or the emulsified chicken meat designed for chicken nuggets, dog food, and other uses."

    Chinese Chicken, Coming to a Nugget Near You

    "Before getting to your table, a chicken would be killed in the U.S. or Canada, shipped off to China for processing, and then shipped back the U.S. to be served up in various forms."

    "Under the new trade agreement, no inspector from the FDA will be present at the Chinese processing facilities. Because the chicken will only be processed in China, it won’t require any point-of-origin label, and consumers won’t be able to tell where their chicken has been."

    http://www.healthline.com/health-news/strange-the-anatomy-of-a-chicken-nugget-091913

    Makes you wonder about fish processing…


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  • Weeman brings up a good point regarding food labelling laws. Somewhat different in Canada but similar. A good idea to become very familiar with local labelling policies. I make a fruit salad here in Canada and its labelled produced in Canada but I don't have to list the source of my fruit. Thats to make it easier for the producer. I might source locally produced strawberries in the late summer, Californian strawberries through winter and Mexican strawberries in early spring. I dont have to change my label just say fruit from domestic and imported sources. This concept is common through different countries. The labelling policies want to inform the consumer without inconveniencing the producer especially in North America. Its a full time job just figuring out whats acceptable to eat.


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    • lickerface lickerface

      And we have stopped eating exactly those vaguely sourced and labeled produce. If the sellers would at least say when the produce came from a southern hemisphere location, they would get my money. And Cali? NO WAY. We meticulously avoid any Cali sourced produce as if it were from Japan. South American foods are more valuable to me. I know others are shopping like I do as well. We avoid any Napa Valley wines too.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Might be better to use your own backyard. Grow your own food! There is a chance your small patch of ground/earth may be clean..a slim chance.


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    • Johnny Blade

      Hi ENEWSER's-I've been thinking about all of the controversy & issues regarding "clean" food & water options & availability albeit for those closest to me whom I'm charged with protecting & seeing that their well-being & best interests are vigilantly provided for since I already know that I'm FUKuD already judging by the symptoms I've been displaying & experiencing at an aggressive rate. With that said I suppose it's time to pass down my skills in survival including hydroponics,soil/water sourcing and/or remediation,etc. I'm encouraged by the fact that I was able to source a large cache of Sunshine Mix #5 as well as pre-311 mfg. & packed alternative growing mediums & nutrients from a now-defunct hydroponics shop owner seeking to sell off his stock at a huge discount. I feel like I'm racing against the clock & it might even be in vain but I still feel compelled to look out for my brainwashed family members who STILL choose to trust TPTB to protect them from things they can't or won't accept as the harsh reality & biggest letdown "The Establishment" has programmed out of their small minds unfortunately. I've also squirreled away pain meds and a "Doomsday Cocktail" to ingest as my illness progresses and then on the day that TSHTF & is recognized by ALL as THE END. I'm not really a "prepper" anymore because I understand just how fragile & vulnerable the nuclear infrastructure really is and NOBODY will survive the aftermath of ALL of the nuke plants going…


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  • Jebus brings up another good point. Food labelling is slanted in favor of the industry. Makes me wonder why they are even announcing this ban. I think enough people can get on line and find out China Russia and Korea are banning stuff from Japan and start to wonder why not us? This is damage control.


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    • Jebus Jebus

      In this bizzaro world of extreme capitalism, very little "bulk product" will go to waste.
      Dilution of slurrey will be the solution.
      The domestic creatures will be consuming the reject.
      We will be consuming the overlooked.
      Bioaccumulation will take its course…


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      you are correct (again) Mark. Think GMO labeling and you'll know just how effective this oversight will be.

      P.S. I'm curious as to how the health food sector will be handling these ongoing revelations, when their up-scale consumers begin to wake-up to this nightmare. I still notice how the wives of the doctors and lawyers blithely scarf-up the West-Coast agricultural products for their families. It's not easy remaining silent, knowing such efforts to feed their children good food, are at best, being wasted…


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    When we went global thanks to I think Bill Clinton and we opened up all our commerce worldwide which had been happening secretly for many years, we opened a can of worms. We allowed other countries to send us their processed items and food being one of them. In the event that you accidently are poisoned with invisible contamination, sadly you and I will not be able to go to say Japan or China for any recourse. The melamine scandal was just one of those incidents.

    This was very bad in my estimation as I want to eat food that is manufactured by my country only. Makes sense that hopefully your own nation would not intentionally poison you, but then we have seen many times we are not much better, but at least I can/could come to your farm and see your operations.

    We shifted globally for several reasons and one of them was so that we all would not blow each other up. Commerce partners have a tendency not to want to blow up each other and/or their bread baskets. This is another reflection/result of the Atoms for Peace program where we allowed other nations to have our Nuclear Technology. So far the underlying (don't blow me up) program has worked, but at the expense of many millions of jobs here at home.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Probability of a nuclear plant meltdown post Chernobyl?

    If you look at the chance of a nuclear meltdown worldwide (againassuming that German nuclear power plants represent the average risk type), just insert the total number of reactors (440 in 2004) into the above equation and you get a risk of 39.9%. With the nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl, this event has already taken place. The gun has gone off once already – let’s not risk finding out how many bullets are still left…

    http://www.ippnw-students.org/chernobyl/meltdown.pdf

    Probability of a nuclear plant meltdown post Fukushima?

    Massive Cover-Up of Risks from Flooding to Numerous U.S. Nuclear Facilities

    Numerous American nuclear reactors are built within flood zones:

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/10/nrc-whistleblowers-higher-risk-of-nuclear-melt-down-in-u-s-than-fukushima.html

    Probability of a nuclear reactor melting down and contaminating the food supply of billions of people?

    FDA Import Alert: U.S. bans Japan agricultural and fishery products from total of 14 prefectures due to Fukushima radionuclides — Top Newspaper: Concern over contamination is spreading to most countries around Pacific

    http://enenews.com/fda-import-alert-u-s-bans-japans-agricultural-and-fishery-products-from-14-prefectures-due-to-fukushima-radionuclides-concern-over-contamination-is-spreading-to-most-countries-around-pacific


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    R A D I A T I O N

    Will be interesting to keep watch on what products are banned.

    Would be nice to be able to enjoy rice again, but we've learned that radiological contaminated rice is mixed with clean rice, and distributed around the globe.


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      speaking of rice, TheBigPicture, I just watched an evening news report which featured a beautiful Japanese-American girl, who went-on to extoll the virtues of quality Japanese Sake. Her perfect smile allayed my fears…


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    • We Not They Finally

      with rice, there are a lot of alternative sources. California, of course, though that might be getting bad (obviously). The South produces a lot of rice. And India produces huge amounts of rice, including delicious basmati. You don't have to go to East Asia for rice at all. If you have a Costco anywhere near you, you can get huge bags of Indian rice and it's quite good. Trader Joe's also sells Indian rice, in smaller quantities.


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      • bo bo

        Rice grown in the u.s. contains very high arsenic. Not sure why that is or if its an overblown rumor spread by the wheat industry who is trying to bring down the rice industry (because everybody is now gluten free and even wants bread made from rice)


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        • VanneV anne

          FDA’s Reassurance On Arsenic In Rice Not So Reassuring
          “…the agency said, essentially, that the arsenic in rice won’t kill you, at least not today. The headline in The New York Times mirrored most of the media coverage: ‘No Immediate Risk Found In Arsenic Levels in Rice,’ it said.
          “OK, but what about last year’s Consumer Reports investigation (which the FDA confirmed) that showed ‘worrisome levels’ of arsenic in rice, notably brown rice, in common food products including ‘organic rice baby cereal, rice breakfast cereals, brown rice [and] white rice’? Consumer Reports noted that ‘arsenic not only is a potent human carcinogen but also can set up children for other health problems in later life.’…”
          http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2013/09/fdas-reassurance-on-arsenic-in-rice-not-so-reassuring


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        • VanneV anne

          Moderate Arsenic in Environment Tied to Higher Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
          Researchers suspect groundwater and certain foods raised levels of chemical in study of Native Americans
          “…Groundwater likely provided the major source of arsenic exposure in Arizona and the Dakotas, researchers said. Private wells in those states often exceed the U.S. standard for arsenic in drinking water of 10 micrograms per liter, and are sometimes as high as 50 micrograms per liter.
          “Oklahomans likely were exposed to arsenic through their food, with potential sources including rice, flour and other grains, the researchers wrote….”
          http://consumer.healthday.com/environmental-health-information-12/chemical-health-news-730/arsenic-680429.html


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          • bo bo

            Thank you for digging this up anne. I was so confused by that report about arsenic in rice. It was kind of the final straw that made me throw the towel in.. between GMOs and pesticides and radiation there's nowhere to run unless you grow hydroponic food like johnny blade.

            I read somewhere the arsenic in produce comes from farm chicken manure which is used in fertilizer, especially in organic rice. Apparently the manure from chicken is high in arsenic because they are fed arsenic. But why would they purposely poison the chickens ? Makes no sense.


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            • bo bo

              Ok, I looked it up. Arsenic has been fed to US chickens pigs and turkeys since 1944 when it was discovered feeding them this poison increases their rosy color of meat and weight gain. (Probably because it gives them heart disease like it does to humans )

              'organic' farm produce uses farm manure for fertilizer so sucks up a lot of the chemicals that factory farms dump into these poor animals. So much for 'organic'

              Not that this arsenic/organic debate really matters that much at this point


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            • VanneV anne

              “…Back in the 1940s, producers started using arsenicals to promote growth, treat disease and improve meat pigmentation. The practice eventually became standard; according to industry estimates, by 2010, 88 percent of all chickens raised for human consumption in the US were given the arsenic-based drug roxarsone. (And — fun fact — we raise about nine billion chickens for meat every year.)
              “Although pharmaceutical giant Pfizer voluntarily pulled roxarsone from the U.S. market in 2011, it can still sell the drug abroad — and other than the sort of basic commitment to social responsibility that big players in the industrial livestock sector love to advertise yet incessantly avoid, there's nothing stopping Pfizer from reintroducing roxarsone to the U.S. market (i.e., the FDA hasn't actually banned its use). Moreover, Pfizer still sells nitarsone, another arsenical drug similar to roxarsone….”
              http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-hunt/arsenic-in-chicken_b_3267334.html

              FDA Sued for Concealing Records on Arsenic in Poultry Feed
              http://ecowatch.com/2013/fda-sued-concealing-records-arsenic-in-poultry-feed/


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    • hbjon hbjon

      Theoretically, 1 grain of rice can carry enough radiation to kill you dead within a week. Probably sooner if healthcare is allowed to look and poke around inside you looking for the boogie man. Whoever knowingly produces and distributes a toxic substance into the food supply is guilty of high crimes, felonies, and misdemeanors and should be punished like how China would handle the situation. You know what China law says about this sort of thing right?


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Correct! .. )

    As Rifkin stated this technology has to go! There is absolutely no future for Nuclear Power Generation on Planet Earth and the sooner we all realize it as one worldwide civilization that this Nuclear Technology is trashing all of our natural resources the sooner it will all be shut down.

    We must think/care about the future generations! I hope Iranians and others can read english!

    We must shut all these Nuclear Power Plants down very quickly worldwide and time is of the essence as Jebus has so well laid out for all of us to see/realize…


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    BOYCOTT ALL JAPANESE PRODUCTS PERIOD. THEY HAVE CONSISTENTLY LIED TO THEIR OWN PEOPLE AND TO US. BOYCOTT 2020 OLYMPICS. WE CANNOT ALLOW OUR ATHELETES TO BE EXPOSED. JAPAN HAS NO HONOR ANYMORE!! DISGRACEFUL!!!
    ANYONE OR ANYTHING FROM JAPAN MUST BE SCANNED FOR RADIATION BEFORE ALLOWING ADMITTANCE!! DIRTY LYIN KAMAKAZI DEVILS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FUKU YOU ABE!!!


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    • We Not They Finally

      timemachine, that would be true even without the caps and exclamation points. But anyone who wants to look up a map of the Japanese prefectures can note that ALL prefectures adjacent to Tokyo, the band of prefectures AROUND that band, and several outside of those bands as well, is on the banned list. But Tokyo Prefecture is EXEMPTED, apparently just because it IS Tokyo! So any fish or produce that can just make it as far as Tokyo and get re-labeled, will not be stopped at American shores.

      OF COURSE all Japanese products should be banned PERIOD.


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  • hbjon hbjon

    If the photon emissions are produced by the outer most electrons falling back to their resting orbitals, can't they pass a high voltage current through food samples and record the spectrums on photographic paper? Compare pre 3/11 samples to new sample and see what, if any, added spectrums there are.


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    • hbjon hbjon

      Actually, I just thought of something. What would happen if they use a filter to absorb all the other spectrums and just let the radioisotopes burn the photographic paper? In this way they can identify harmful elements within compounds and alert the public of the danger. Sadly, our taxpayer labs are too busy demonizing gluten and eggs to be bothered by a real threat to our food supply. Until now.


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  • kimyo

    the way i read it, the fda is not 'banning' anything. 'may detain' is quite a different thing than 'shall detain'.

    from the fda link:

    Districts <b>may detain</b>, without physical examination, the specified products from firms in the ***Fukushima, Aomori, Chiba, Gumna, Ibaraki, Iwate, Miyagi, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama Shizuoka, Tochigig, Yamagata and Yamanashi prefectures.***


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    • or-well

      Excellent point, kimyo, also
      "(Note; this import alert represents the Agency's current guidance…"
      "Guidance" seems to lack the force of an order, IMO.
      Also note, when the Japanese Gov't lifts a restriction, so does the FDA.


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  • NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT AVAILABILITY OF FISH OR OTHER FAVORITE FOOD SOURCES. As you may have noticed there has been a lot of talk in scientific circles lately about using insects as a food source.

    CBC – A team of McGill University MBA students has won the $1 million Hult Prize for a project that aims to improve the availability of nutritious food to slum dwellers around the world by providing them with insect-infused flour.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/flour-made-with-insects-wins-1m-for-mcgill-team-1.1866685

    For "slum dwellers", so we don't need to worry.

    ~~~~~~~~`

    Well, aside from the yucky factor, nobody has mentioned that all species of insects are infected with a number of parasites. (I recommend excellent book "Parasites" by Rosemary Drisdelle)

    ~~~~~~~

    But anyway, my main point is that those who know that as the world population grows out of control, and as many food sources become scarce/contaminated/too expensive, people will have to resort to eat nutritious and yummy insect flour.

    ~~~~~~~~

    Eventually, if humans survive that long, uncontaminated beef and other animal food sources will be grown in the lab instead of the farm – for those who can pay for them. As you may remember, scientists already created a juicy steak just by growing animal cells in a petri dish.

    Bon appetit!

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    http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/


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    • or-well

      "I work the mycoprotein vats
      but you won't catch me eating that,
      no, give me bugmeal, clean and dry,
      smooth or crunchy, baked, not fried.
      I do miss when we went outside…"

      google Quorn – about the mycoprotein.


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      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        Instead of let them eat cake, now it is let them eat crickets.


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        • or-well

          Feed the bugs corpses. Closed-loop food cycle. $$$$


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          • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

            Next on the menu…Soylent Green is people….


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            • hbjon hbjon

              What's in it? Wait, don't tell me. Take pride in yourself. Live a dignified existence and understand you are from a civilized race of people. The human race. Never become desensitized to evil. Hurting someone, or taking a life of another in any way, reduces ones force to that of a beast upon the earth.

              The onslaught of drugs and alcohol upon the people has diminished the life force of humanity as a whole. The greatest of the great will wake up (sober) some day, perhaps be unchained, and identify where mankind has went astray. The withered arm of humanity will be severed.

              The great men of society have to make decisions for the survival of the many. If your alone and climbing a mountain, a rock shifts, breaks and pins your arm against another boulder, all you have is a pocketknife and freezing temperatures are expected. Have you prepared yourself to do what is expected of you by your better angels. And your better angels wish for you to survive and they will give you strength.


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      • VanneV anne

        Quorn Complaints
        “Quorn is the brand name of meat substitutes that are made from a vat-grown fungus. Some people have dangerous allergic reactions to the fungus and suffer nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and occasionally hives or difficulty breathing. Some people react the first time they eat Quorn, while some react only after building up a sensitivity.
        “Medical studies have proven that Quorn's fungal ingredient is an allergen, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency still allow its sale. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-profit food-safety organization based in Washington, D.C., has heard from more than 2,000 consumers in Europe and the United States who have suffered reactions to Quorn.
        “Despite what some of the manufacturer's (Marlow Foods) marketing materials indicate, the fungus used in Quorn is only distantly related to mushrooms, truffles, or morels. While all are members of the fungus kingdom, Quorn is made from a less appetizing fungus (or mold) called Fusarium venenatum….”
        http://www.cspinet.org/quorn/


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  • We Not They Finally

    Wow. It is SO worth looking up the Japanese prefectures for this! Tokyo is its own prefecture. And that is NOT on the list of banned products. HOWEVER, the FOUR prefectures directly adjacent to Tokyo Prefecture are on the list, as are the FIVE prefectures in a ring around that, as are several prefectures around those latter bands as well.

    In other words, Tokyo Prefecture is excluded from the list of banned products ONLY AND SOLELY because it is Tokyo!! That's no safety recommendation!! In fact, it's a disgrace. Means that (at the least) contaminated fish for sushi in the U.S. will still be exported from Tokyo.

    Wonder if by 2020 (the Olympics there still being surreal), there will be some ONE restaurant in Tokyo that is deemed safe to consume food? If there is, it will just be another lie.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Slight of hand is the way of our world these days..


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  • FXofTruth

    Another "Not-To-Be-Believed-Ban"on something.

    Trusting the Government's "legal acceptable levels of radiation" (as if they know since there is NO ACCEPTABLE LEVEL) when such a "ban" is to be implemented, only proves that the level is now impossible to hide, only THEN will they do something to look like they care!

    Where was this ban on 3/11? Radiation was blown all over the place and the "cooling" water which turns hot with radiation has been pouring into the Pacific for years! So its surprising that the fish and seaweed aren't glowing!

    Death, destruction, pain, and suffering…just to name a few of the many benefits of cheap and clean Nuclear Power! (Cheap and clean – imagine that was the Nuclear Industry's promotion campaign, what a joke on us…)


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  • or-well

    Notable? Coastal Kanagawa Pref. not on list.
    Adjacent to Tokyo Bay.
    Major ports. Export hub.
    Yokosuka Naval Base.


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  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Really enjoying tuna salad, tuna sandwiches, tuna-noodle casserole, tuna-cheese melts and all the salmon and crab alternatives we can concoct – from our pre 3/11 stack and the 300 plus long-dated cans we bought right after Nukushima, and we haven't been shopping on the canned meats grocery isle since June 2011.

    Surprised to learn of 1000s of Japanese building and using SafeCast.org's bGeigieNano $450 rad detector kit or the $1000 bGeigie ready-to-go detector, and watch them using $300 drone RC hexacopters to make rad recordings of multi-acre home areas, or nearby known or suspected hot spots.

    Last week they announced the release of their radiation app showing iphone maps of their collected recordings, and changes in levels or movements.

    To protect us from becoming aware of the impending fatal doom brought upon us by corrupt governments, their nuclear regulatory cabals, and their nuclear corporate patrons (and for other reasons), braniac lawmakers are preparing legislation outlawing selling of and possession of RC drone helos.


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  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    ALERT…Inspections of food, fish, etc. may be called off due to the U.S. government shutdown. I heard this as a possible outcome on the news. Just want to five a warning.


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