By Erik Wasson and Andrew Restuccia - 03/23/11 06:31 PM EDT
“Last night the FDA announced it is blocking imports from the region in Japan where the nuclear accident occurred. This is a good start, but we believe they should go further and block imports from the whole country,” Food and Water Watch said in a statement.
Although Japanese food products make up only 4 percent of food imported into the U.S., much of it is seafood and food that could have been rinsed in radiated water, the group says.
“This accident in Japan and concerns about its food supply and possible imports from there highlights inadequacies in FDA's everyday program for imports. Cutting the budget for food safety protections isn't going to help,” the group notes. “On a good day, less than 2 percent of seafood imported into the U.S. is inspected.”