Worried about eating seafood? Fears are swirling that radiation leaking into the Pacific from Japan’s Fukushima disaster nearly three years ago could surface locally as dangerous catches. We’ve been tracking the studies and issues carefully. The scientific community and the FDA have been working together to keep any contaminated food from reaching our shores and continue to test.
It’s safe to stay in the water
Domestically, Pacific-caught seafood has been shown to have “roughly 300 times lower levels of cesium 137 and 134 (specifically related to Fukushima) than would prompt further investigation,” according to the FDA.
Revelations in September show that plumes of radioactive water have been recently released into the waters off Japan. This is never a good thing but consider:
·How vast the ocean is.
·That migrating fish rinse out most of the radiation they’ve been exposed to.
·That naturally occurring and man-made radiation has existed in the seas since the last century.
·That, most importantly, on-going studies show levels are well below any health concerns.
“A person would have to eat more than 4,000 pounds of albacore tuna at the highest radiation level measured to increase his or her radiation level by just one percent…” according to Fionna Matheson, a spokeswoman from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) in an article published by the Coast News in San Diego (which quotes our fearless leader, Dave Rudie).
Eat local and well
Seafood continues to be an important part of our diet, a healthy source of protein and other nutrients.
Stay on top of the issue and discuss it with your trusted fishmongers here at Catalina Offshore Products. We encourage you to seek out the most recent media coverage.
- Fukushima Leak Is Not Affecting Seafood – published Sept. 12, 2013 by Food Safety News.
- Fukushima Water Leaks: New Source of Health Concerns? - published Aug. 30, 2013 by scientist Ken Buesseler of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
- Fukushima tuna study finds minuscule health risks – published June 3, 2013 by CNN.
- U.S. Seafood Safe and Unaffected by Radiation Contamination from Japanese Nuclear Power Plant Incident; U.S. Monitoring Control Strategy Explained