Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fish Imported from Japan Found with Radioactive Cesium in South Korea

From TBS News (3/9/2012):

韓国、日本産水産物 セシウム検出増える

South Korea finding more marine products from Japan with radioactive cesium


It has been revealed that an increasing number of marine products from Japan imported to South Korea have been found with radioactive materials. Since the levels are below the safety limits, they are being sold in the marketplace.


South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Food announced on March 8 that an increasing number of marine products imported to South Korea from Japan have been found with radioactive cesium.


The South Korean government conducts its own test of marine products imported from Japan, aside from the radiation test in Japan [by the Japanese authorities] at the time of shipment.


Radioactive cesium was found in mackerels and Alaska pollock. There were 13 cases of cesium detection in 8 months from April to November last year, but the number significantly increased from December onward. There are 40 cases of cesium detection in 3 months from December to February this year.


In most cases, the radioactive density was 7 becquerels/kg or less. The maximum was 97.9 becquerels/kg. Since they are all below the safety limit of South Korea, they have been sold in the market.


James said...

This is due to cesium working its way up the food chain. I have been checking the official PDFs every month and I've seen the contamination move from tiny sand dwellers like sand lance, up through bottom dwelling shell fish feeders like flounder and skate, then on to small aggressive demersal fish like mebaru and kasago (rock perch) then by autumn last year into oceanic predators like blue mackerel, bonito, sea bass and cod.

Now, Dr Mori at Todai (the radioactive silver guy) thinks he's found squid with 6x more radioactive silver than cesium. Squid live for only a year, but are preyed on by many larger fish so this could quickly get even worse.

Steveo said...

The truth about nuke is kind of like walking into your house at night and seeing a poisonous centipede dart off under your just want to have a tea, and have a good night sleep. You just want a nice little way to end your night, to enjoy a simple life.

But the problem is you have a centipede under your bed. And thus pugnacious centipede may just sting you even whilst you dream sweet dreams, and in some cases it may even kill you.

But before you go about your nice simple life, you need to focus, and you need to remove the centipede, even if you cut it in half and make it "safer" it can still sting you, still kill you. A safer nuke plant, a new design, a better regulation.

None of that got a centipede under your bed. Now KILL IT. Shut Them All Down!

Here is why, here is how. Manifestos, man I love that word.

Stop in and fill out a poll on nuke also, its on the upper right hand side.

Anonymous said...

The only positive aspect of this is that outside of Japan you will consume contaminated foods only occasionally and in small quantities. In Japan it is the opposite.

Anonymous said...

NO positive aspects..just for a short time people outside of Japan will have lower radiation levels/cesium internal exposure. BUT its additive and those reactors (1-6 or ??) are still leaking radiation into the ocean directly! When a key food chain organism disappears we will see more problems.

At least fish usually dont live 70 yrs..and people may soon not live long either.

Anonymous said...

Life expectancy ~20 yrs.
Bio-accumulation in the food chain...

Tuna anyone?

kintaman said...

SUPPLIES (Surprise for those who do not get it)! Anyone who eats seafood now and going forward is rolling the dice with their health, period.

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