Wednesday, April 6, 2011

U.S. Seeks to Reassure on Contaminated Food

News of high levels of radioactive wastes in fishes across Japan had Americans in shock and fear to buy any seafood. This was because Japan is a major source for seafoods and produce for the U.S. This scare had many seafood sellers and fishermen in need of some form of revenue since their major source was now being questioned. They suffered a major decline in their sales because of this incident. Just recently U.S. public health officials sought to reassure people that the food is safe. Also to ensure that there is no need to take drastic measures on the matter as it is being carefully handled. Japan suffered economically from this. As a result of this scare, many fish markets are looking elsewhere for the products in order to boost sales that recently were declined. Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that Americans had nothing to be concerned about since the radioactive wastes have not yet been found in fish sold in the U.S.


Ethan said...

How long do you think people will have their doubts about how safe the seafood from Japan is to eat? I know I wouldn't eat any seafood from the Gulf still because of the oil spill and that incident happened quite a while ago. Also, do you think that what is left of the fishing companies in Japan will be able to survive people not buying their fish for fear of being exposed to radiation?

Payne said...

Radioactivity in the ocean could seriously hurt the fishing industry not only in Japan but on a global level. Although they say there is no radiation in the water at the moment, how long until it actually reaches the U.S.? Or would the radiation levels even be significant enough to affect mass populations?

joseph said...

With the radiation leakage the business for fish on the western coast would drasticly change. People will be focusing more on product found in the U.S. because they will feel that it is safer. This will decrease the demand for imports on fish lowering the amount of income flowing into the U.S. Thus decreasing our economy and the business cycle.