SEATTLE - Rising radiation levels have forced the Japanese government to ban produce raised in the fallout zone. Public drinking water in the affected region is deemed unsafe for babies to consume.
U.S. and Chinese health officials banned imports of Japanese food from the areas around the nuclear power plants.
Seattle-based seafood companies say they have increased scrutiny of their own products caught in Alaskan waters.
We have no problems right now with any U.S. source seafood and we're going to try to keep it that way, said Glenn Reed, Pres., Pacific Seafood Processors Assoc.
The fallout from disasters like this can take a slice out ofthe profits for small seafood outlets. They saw it most recently after the gulf oil spill.
We had a lot of customers we had that came from that area and I did carry one prawn and I had to stop carrying it because people were so concerned, said Aaron Debnam of Seattle Fish Co.
Concern is much lower this time most because very little Japanese seafood is even sold in Seattle.
The crackdown on exports from Japanese hardest hit areas will not be hard to enforce. Most of the docks and other shipping facilities were wiped out by the tsunami. Getting products out or aid in is almost impossible at this time.