Washington state shellfish growers and the state have been hit hard by the Chinese ban on U.S. shellfish imports. It's cost Washington state $976,000 in revenue, and that will grow with the loss in sales from The Chinese New Year.
Many Washington growers depend on the revenue generated from shellfish sales for the holiday. Chinese officials claim the geoducks from Washington's Poverty Bay site had excessive levels of arsenic. Laboratory tests since the ban have shown there aren't unsafe levels of arsenic. The Office of Shellfish and Water Protections within the Department of Health is waiting to hear back from the Chinese government about the results of the tests.
January 24, 2014/Source: AP