ABC News: Fukushima may show up in your next plate of sushi — “The finding should be reassuring to the public”

Published: May 29th, 2012 at 4:07 am ET


How Fukushima May Show Up in Your Sushi
ABC News
Dan Childs
May 28, 2012

Those looking for evidence of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan may need search no further than their next plate of sushi, Stanford University researchers report.

The researchers tested 15 Pacific bluefin tuna that had migrated from Japan to the California coast and found that the levels of radioactive cesium in these fish were 10 times higher than those found in bluefin tuna from the years before the disaster.


“The finding should be reassuring to the public,” said Timothy J. Jorgensen, associate professor of radiation medicine at Georgetown University, who was not involved with the study. “As anticipated, the tuna contained only trace levels of radioactivity that originated from Japan. These levels amounted to only a small fraction of the naturally occurring radioactivity in the tuna, and were much too small to have any impact on public health.


Published: May 29th, 2012 at 4:07 am ET


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29 comments to ABC News: Fukushima may show up in your next plate of sushi — “The finding should be reassuring to the public”

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Same old story ..there's radiation in the food, but go ahead and eat it. But people won't. Only solution is to outlaw the production of radiation.

  • *I* am not reassured.

  • Spectrometising

    The ABC have stolen my spin on the uses of radioactive tuna to increase the understanding of science. Darn:-(

    I note in this line from the ABC..:
    "For now, the findings may be most important as a demonstration of how migratory food animals connect different areas of the globe — and how an event in one part of the world can affect food animals in an entirely different region."

    Here is proof it was my idea on a thread earlier. I was going to get a patent on it and make a fortune. But now i have no hope and will never achieve my true potential.


    May 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm · Reply

    There will be no need any external x-ray used in medical radiology is what i think this article is saying.
    This way, we can have as much radiology as we like without any additional health risk factor.

    Bone scans wont require those horrible technetium injections for those phobic about syringes.
    Broken bones will be easy to detect by simply looking at where Strontium 90 is being taken up to repair broken bones.

    This could be a real shot in the arm for nuclear medicine. The nuclear imaging benefits of radioactive fallout might/could be used to further medicine completely eliminating the need for additional tracer isotope injection or indeed even external X-ray sources.. Hmm…The mind boggles. ""


  • Spectrometising

    Thanks for all the fish – Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy Song

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    10X radiation found in tuna..we should be reassured? That's some mind bending Orwellian doublespeak right there. You'd have to be totally zombified already to eat the garbage the MSM is feeding you these days.

    • Spectrometising

      Yes VyseLegendaire,.Is the the ocean all evenly concentrated Cs137/134 like the fat in homogenized milk.

      What of those tuna that were swimming closer to a more contaminated source. Surely some variation in how much contamination was in each fish?

      What a load of croc spin.

  • The only thing reassuring is the drone of the doublespeak and disinformation.
    Not reassuring at all.
    Not at all, let me tell ya.

    Just so happy on this site, the real world is exposed for us to see clearly.

  • harengus_acidophilus

    Think positive!
    In the future, you don't need a map to find a sushi restaurant. Just use your geiger…


  • billyedtimmy

    oh just wait: 6 months to a year from now, the reports will be:

    "Initial estimates of radioactivity in Tuna now considered too low, more accurate measures indicate <insert order of magnitude here>x higher levels that previously thought".

  • glowfus

    "those looking for evidence of the fukushima daichi nuclear accident in japan",,i'm still looking for the missing melted reactors. totally re-ass-sured.

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    Still no report or data on the combination of edible sources.. so Blue Fin in cream sauce with Idaho spuds = how much total radiation? before we even add veggies in cheesium sauce or dessert of ice creamium… maybe not tons in the 6 month old sample, but we have bio accumulation to worry about.. and an additional 7 months plus no end in sight.

  • nukedincali nukedincali

    What can we do together to prohibit nuclear experimentation?

  • How reassuring, my tuna has only ten times the cesium normally found….Why is there any found? Whats naturally occurring Cesium 137? Must be from all the bomb testing and sunk nuclear subs/ships. So one nuclear mishap can raise that by a factor of ten. Be careful what you eat friends. Called up a consumer line for juice. Was a brand name juice containing many different juices from tomato to mango. Container says "Imported For" a canadian company. Really means juice was prepared in the States from fruit and vegetables sourced from around the world ( do USA produce Mangoes? ) I'm Canadian but I think the food labelling laws are more lax in the states. What this means is that all I know about this juice was it was prepared in the states. Where the fruit and vegetables used in this drink were sourced from I don't know as the company is not obligated to give me that info. Never mind I don't know if the produce was sourced from east coast west coast or another country. I believe this means that I could be making TV dinners with Japanese rice from Fukushima Prefecture and my label only has to read "Produced in Canada"

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Given the age of these findings over 9 months ago, these would be fish that were contaminated in the first contamination rotation, as i see it – from the initial fall out in the first few days or weeks- not subsequent fall outs, nor from radiation as it bioaccumulates up the food chain given their migration away from Japan rather than towards it. One to two years from now will be more radiation, not less. A very misleading report that shows that much of MSM journalists have not taken high school science so they don't know when they are being flamboozled. Nor have many sat down and done remotely the self educating that so many do here in order to understand the fundamentals of nuclear energy and nuclear power production. Yet, they feel prepared to write an article or make a video that will effect the lives of millions.