Radiated Food not a Mid-Missouri Concern

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COLUMBIA - After the nuclear crisis in the Japan's Fukushima reactor, questions arise about food import from the country. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned some products from Japan and screens others for radiation. Mikel Mounmoun, a sales manager of Sunshine Sushi in Columbia says he is confident about the quality of the food supplies they get.

"We get out fish mainly from Thailand and China," Mounmoun said and added they get one fish imported from Japan - the yellow tail. He explains his fish supplier checks the product for radiation and quality issues.

Mary Tyler is a student at MU. She enjoys eating sushi about once a week. She stays in touch with the news and if said if the situation gets worse, she would take more precautions.

"I'm keeping an eye on it but I am not too concerned about it," she said.

MU Nuclear Engineering Professor Tushar Ghosh says there are no reasons for concerns.

"It there happens to be some contaminated product, it would show low radiation levels and would not be dangerous for human health," Prof. Ghosh said.

The Food and Drug Administration reports the United States gets 4 percent of its food from Japan (compared to 29 percent from both Canada and Mexico). The most common imported products from Japan are seafood, snack foods and processed food and vegetables. For more information about food safety see the agency website.