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Food Safety Talking Points for Post-Tsunami Safety Communications – 3/22/2011

NOAA’s Core Messages

Less than 2% of the seafood consumed in the United States is imported from Japan.

Federal seafood safety experts, including FDA and NOAA, are working together to closely monitor the situation in Japan. These experts will continue to ensure that imported seafood remains safe.

In the unlikely scenario that airborne pollutants could affect U.S. fishermen or fish landed in the U.S., NOAA will work with the FDA to ensure frequent testing of seafood caught in those areas, and inspection of facilities that process and sell seafood from those areas.

USDA’s Core Messages

USDA ensures the safety of meat, poultry and processed egg products both domestically and from countries approved to export product to the United States.  

Since April 21, 2010, Japan has not been eligible to export raw beef products, which have been the only USDA-regulated products they had exported to the U.S. prior to April 2010.

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USDA issued an import alert that banned importation of commodities from Japan that could harbor Foot and Mouth Disease virus.

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Japan has not exported any beef products to the U.S. for nearly a year.

Japan is not eligible to export any poultry products or processed egg products to the U.S. since USDA has not determined Japan to be equivalent in these two commodities.

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