China has banned shellfish imports from the US West Coast after shipments of clams from the area were found to be contaminated with arsenic and other toxins. It is the first time that Beijing has blocked shellfish from an entire region due to contamination in one or two areas, reports the Associated Press and Huanqiu, the Chinese-language website of the nationalistic tabloid Global Times…Full Article: WantChinaTimes Dec 2013
- The ban was enacted after the detection of high levels of arsenic and a Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) in American geoduck (saltwater) clams
- In 2011, the northeastern coastal province of Shandong accounted for 3.4 million MTs or 28% China’s total saltwater shellfish output. The provinces of Fujian, Liaoning, and Guangdong each accounted for 1.9 million to 2.2 million MTs of saltwater shellfish
- In 2011, Jiangsu province was the top producer of freshwater shellfish, totaling 122,302 MTs or 23% of China’s total output. Anhui province was second and accounted for 86,258 MTs (16% of total output) of freshwater shellfish.