A China-imposed ban on geoduck and other bivalve shellfish from Alaska, Washington and Oregon remains in effect, and Chinese authorities continue to seek more information about U.S. testing protocols for shellfish.
That's according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which announced last week that it had received a letter from the China equivalent of the FDA.
Here's more from the NOAA news release:
The latest letter included approximately 20 separate requests for information from U.S. authorities, including further clarification of testing protocols used in PSP (paralytic shellfish poisoning) and inorganic arsenic tests by the states, a detailed explanation of the National Shellfish Sanitation Program, and detailed descriptions of our existing seafood safety protocols. The letter also included a request for a Chinese audit team to travel to to the U.S. to conduct onsite evaluations of monitoring and testing processes.
Multiple state and federal agencies continue to be actively engaged in a coordinated effort to resolve this issue. The states and federal agencies are working hard to answer China's latest request for information so that U.S. companies can resume shipping these seafood products to China.
Chinese authorities also told NOAA that Chinese consumers eat the digestive tract, or "gutball" of the geoduck, as well as the flesh.
Only the flesh of the geoduck is considered edible in the U.S.
The shellfish ban has been in effect since early December.
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