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12 OYS: Local Japanese restaurants not using tainted food from Japan

Ayako Inaba

Ayako Inaba, owner of Wicked Wasabi, says her restaurant's supplies don't come from Japan. (March 23, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, March 23, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The flavor of Japan, brought to downtown Augusta by Wicked Wasabi owner Ayako Inaba.

She's setting the table to open tonight. But what's not on her Japanese menu -- tainted food from Japan.

Milk and spinach in four regions there tested for high radiation levels. People living in those areas are being told not to drink the water.
Now the FDA is sealing U.S. borders from fruits, vegetables, milk, and milk products manufactured near the nuclear power plant.

Japan isn't shipping the food anyway, but the United States still took action. And Inaba has a message:

"Don't worry about it," she tells her customers.

Her milk products, vegetables, and fruits never came from Japan in the first place.

"All of those fresh items, we're getting from America," she said. "The same way as people eating American food, the same as us."

Some fruits at the restaurant come from Mexico or South America. Other Japanese restaurants buy food from the same places.

Some consumer groups are upset the FDA isn't blocking all food from Japan. Both Japan and the U.S. will continue to test the food. They'll also test Japanese seafood and other food from the region before it enters the food supply.

For now, they say the food you eat from Japan is safe.


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