FDA, importers say food from Japan is safe

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - If you're concerned about the risk of radiation contaminated food from Japan being sold in Hawaii, both the Food and Drug Administration officials and a local retailer say there's no need to worry.

At Marukai Market on Dillingham Boulevard, business is brisk on this Monday.

Marukai Corporation says it imports about 60 percent of its items from Japan but nothing from the area of the growing nuclear crisis.

A few customers have called in with concerns about the products coming from Japan but they shouldn't be, according to the FDA.

the FDA says all imports from Japan are already scanned for radiation by customs and border protection but they will now go a step further and flag all imports from Japan so see if they've originated from the potentially affected areas.

When it comes to produce from Japan, Roy Ishihara, Marukai vice president of operations, says the company only brings in varieties of mushrooms.

"If we bring in any type of fresh vegetables its all grown in the Kyushu area, over 600 miles away," he said. "We feel those kinds of products are OK We're very well aware of any risk that might be present and that's why were taking extra measures."

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