Begich Wants Geoduck Import Ban Lifted

Sen. Mark Begich has asked China's ambassador to the U.S. for help in lifting a recent Chinese ban on geoduck imports.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska- Sen. Mark Begich has asked China's ambassador to the U.S. for help in lifting a recent Chinese ban on geoduck imports.

Begich, in a letter to the ambassador, said the state of Alaska was told that China would ban imports of geoduck clams and similar shellfish amid reports that product samples from southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest tested higher than acceptable limits for inorganic arsenic and PST, or paralytic shellfish toxin.
Begich said state testing by Alaska and Washington found the product was "well within" acceptable limits and didn't pose any public health threat.
Begich urged the Chinese government to work with Alaska, federal seafood inspectors and the Food and Drug Administration to address questions over the conflicting results and to clear the way for trade to resume.
 

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Big Dan said on Wednesday, Dec 18 at 7:08 PM

I want Begich banned for supporting the latest budget the cuts colas for retired military. Way to toss the folks that help keep this country free under the bus. Hopefully the whole Alaska delegation gets fired in the next election cycle.

MILINDA RATNASURIYA said on Thursday, Dec 19 at 11:57 PM

IT IS SURPRISING CHINA IS SO CONCERNED ABOUT THE SHELL FISH OF ALASKA BUT NOT CONCERN ABOUT THE CONTAMINATED TOYS THEY SENT TO USA !!! VERY HYPOCRATYCAL !!!

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