Japan Lifts Its Ban on Lobster Imports


Published: August 1, 2008


Source of Article:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/01/business/worldbusiness/01lobster.html?ref=worldbusiness


PORTLAND, Me. (AP) ó Japan has lifted a ban on imports of North American lobster that had been linked to a misunderstanding over safety, industry officials said Thursday.

The ban took effect this week after the Food and Drug Administration warned consumers not to eat the green substance known as tomalley that is found in the body cavity of lobsters. Tomalley can be contaminated by red tide even though lobster meat remains safe to eat.

In place of the ban, lobster from areas with known red tide contamination will be tested for paralytic shellfish poisoning, which is caused by red tide, said Bonnie Spinazzola, executive director of the Atlantic Offshore Lobstermenís Association in New Hampshire.

Lobster found to be below a certain threshold will be allowed into the country, she said.



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