China bans shellfish imports from Pacific Northwest

China bans shellfish imports from Pacific Northwest

China has banned imports of shellfish from the U.S. West Coast after recent shipments of geoduck clams had high toxin levels.

The Chinese government says the ban that started last week will continue indefinitely. Clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested off Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California are affected.

U.S. officials think the contaminated clams came from Washington or Alaska but are waiting for more details from China to help identify the exact source.

Read more at OregonLive.com.