China’s ban on geoducks closes Washington harvesting

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China’s ban on geoducks closes Washington harvesting

KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis, Mike Curtiss

OLYMPIA, Wash. – One-hundred-thirty-five acres of Washington state owned land have been closed to geoduck harvesting, as lawmakers try to work with Chinese officials to lift a ban on the clams.

Earlier this month, Chinese officials reported that an import of geoducks from Poverty Bay near Federal Way contained high levels of arsenic.

China issued a ban on all west-coast shellfish imports.

Don Moyer with the state Health Department says past tests have never found arsenic levels that would be a concern.

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Last week, lawmakers from Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska issued a letter saying tests done here show the shipments were safe to eat.

They asked China to work with them to get the ban lifted as soon as possible.