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Officials visit China over shellfish ban

March 21, 2014

U.S. officials traveled to Beijing this week to discuss China’s ongoing ban on shellfish from the U.S. West Coast.

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokeswoman says Chinese authorities have agreed to meet today with officials from NOAA’s seafood inspection program.

China imposed a ban in December on the import of clams, oysters, mussels and scallops harvested from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California. China detected high levels of inorganic arsenic in geoducks from Puget Sound. It also found paralytic shellfish poisoning in geoducks harvested in Alaska.

NOAA has asked China to limit its ban to two localized areas rather than a wider swath of the West Coast.

NOAA spokeswoman Connie Barclay says U.S. officials hope to identify and address the country’s remaining concerns.

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