Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he sees no reason for concern about radiation from Japan’s damaged reactors contaminating the U.S. food supply, America does not import everyday foodstuffs from Japan — and whatever else might be imported is closely monitored.
“We don’t need to worry about exports coming in from Japan, in terms of what we regulate — beef, processed eggs, poultry — because we don’t essentially export any of those products in the United States from Japan,” Vilsack said Monday on the Fox Business Network. “Certainly the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] takes a look at all other aspects of food and they have a number of things in place in terms of monitoring radiation to ensure the safety of the food supply.
“In terms of what’s happening here on the ground in the United States, in terms of our weather conditions, we don’t see any reason for people to be concerned at this point and time,” Vilsack told host Lou Dobbs. “The radiation levels would have to be thousands of times higher than they are today before we have to be concerned.”
Dobbs noted although there might not be a current concern, it is not yet known what radiation might continue to seep from the damaged nuclear plants. Vilsack agreed, and said that is why the Environmental Protection agency “has increased the number of stations, the monitoring stations.”
“That’s why we monitor for radiation in terms of things that are brought into the country,” Vilsack said.
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