By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 8:06 PM on 19th March 2011
- FDA working with U.S. customs, which can scan full shipping containers for radiation
- Environmental Protection Agency ups radiation monitors on U.S. West Coast
- Minuscule amounts of radiation detected in Southern California
- Doses of natural radiation 100,000 times the dose rates detected
- California traders reporting brisk trade in gas masks and protective gear
- Heightened radiation screening on flights from Japan trigger several low-level alerts
The Food and Drug Administration will monitor foods imported to the U.S. from Japan for radiation exposure, following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.
The most common imports from the devastated country are seafood, snack foods and processed fruits and vegetables.
FDA officials said they are now collecting information on where these products are grown, harvested or manufactured in Japan so they can ensure anything that is imported is not tainted with radiation.