Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- Listen: Can You Pick Out The Northwest Accent? (And Yes, We Have One!)
- Former Boeing Executive Alan Mulally’s Advice On Labor: 'Working Together Works’
- Tips On Staying Healthy While You Travel
- Mass: Expect Intensifying Rains With Global Warming
- Just Back From Spain, Nancy Leson Offers A Few Pointers On Paella
News & Music Contributors
Tue January 7, 2014
Arsenic Tests Show Geoducks Safe To Eat
Washington state health officials say its own arsenic testing has confirmed that geoducks harvested from a Puget Sound bay are safe to eat and don't pose a health concern.
Officials say they're hoping the test results will help persuade China to lift a ban it imposed last month on the import of clams, oysters, mussels and scallops harvested from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California.
The ban was based in part on a geoduck shipment traced to Poverty Bay, near Federal Way, that tested above China's standard for inorganic arsenic.
Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman said Tuesday that they've forwarded the results to state and federal partners, who are working with the Chinese government to reopen the shellfish trade.
State officials say test results on the edible parts of geoducks harvested from Poverty Bay show the arsenic levels were below China's standard.