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Woods Hole Scientist: Fukushima Leak Not Affecting U.S. Seafood

Despite the recent admission from the Japanese government that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been leaking radioactive water since it was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, U.S. seafood has not been affected, according to Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Buesseler has published an FAQ section on the organization’s website to address the issue and writes that fish contaminated with cesium exceeding Japanese limits are not being sold internally or exported.

He also explains that “because of the dilution that occurs even a short distance from Fukushima, we do not have a concern about the levels of cesium and other radionuclides in fish off the West Coast of the U.S.”

As for fish such as the Pacific bluefin tuna that can swim long distances, Buesseler says they will begin to flush out the cesium “soon after they enter waters less-affected by Fukushima. By the time tuna are caught in the eastern Pacific, cesium levels in their flesh are 10-20 times lower than when they were off Fukushima.”

By June, FDA investigators had tested 1,313 samples of food imported from Japan — 199 which were seafood or seafood products — and found that only one sample of ginger powder contained cesium, but at levels lower than could pose a health concern.

When Michael Conathan, director of ocean policy at the Center for American Progress, contacted the FDA about domestically caught seafood, a spokesperson told him that “the FDA is not aware of any evidence suggesting that the domestic seafood catch contains harmful levels of radiation.”

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  • now&then

    Found on enenews.com:

    Medical doctors ordered to not tell patients their problems are related to Fukushima radiation — Of course they’re going to say nobody died… the data records are distorted. We’re seeing a lot of resistance in the major scientific journals, the peer-reviewed journals, to allowing this information to get through— People of Japan are essentially a scientific experiment, but nobody’s reporting results.

    Also: The last tuna data was a year old and nothing has been published since then. the government is not releasing information, is the tuna situation. 15 out of 15 I believe tested positive since then. We’re seeing a lot of “resistance” in the major scientific journals, the peer-reviewed journals, to allowing this information to get through.

    Oh yes, everything is safe, nothing to worry about said the spider to the fly.

  • Jerry

    “the FDA is not aware of any evidence suggesting that the domestic seafood catch contains harmful levels of radiation.”

    That is because the FDA is not testing for radiation, even though the Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, U.C. recommends not eating Pacific seafoods:

    http://www.collapsingintoconsciousness.com/at-the-very-least-your-days-of-eating-pacific-ocean-fish-are-over/

    “Nuclear experts are calling on the U.S. government to test West Coast waters and Pacific seafood sold in the U.S. in the wake of Japan’s alarming admission about an ongoing radiation leak, something the EPA and the FDA have so far refused to do, as they are only testing imported fish, not wild-caught. WHY? The only way to protect your children and grandchildren is by NOT EATING SEAFOOD from the Pacific Ocean until we have better information. Source. Information posted at the website of The Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California recommends not buying any fish from the Pacific Ocean or western states, including Baja.”

    • Chewbird

      Hello ! Damn you zionist fear mongers ! No, you can eat anything out of the Atlantic. The pacific sea food can be eaten again by 2017. Quit fearmongering !