Letter to Food and Drug Administration
Congressman Edward Markey, (D-MA)
June 1, 2012
In the weeks after these events, monitors [in the United States] detected trace amounts of radioactive iodine, cesium and tellerium consistent with the Japanese nuclear incident. The levels detected were below levels of concern, but how precipitation of radioactive elements from the atmosphere may have affected radiation levels in the marine environment was unknown.
Democrat worried about tainted seafood from Japan’s nuclear meltdown
June 1, 2012
A House Democrat is asking federal regulators what they plan to do about Pacific seafood tainted with radiation from last year’s meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
[Rep. Edward Markey] the leading Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee and a senior member on Energy and Commerce, posed a series of questions to the FDA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration on regulators’ response to the Fukushima crisis and its impact on the U.S. food supply.
He asked specifically for “a listing of all instances of species found to have elevated levels of radioactive isotopes” since Fukushima and any plans to study the event’s long-term impact on Pacific seafood.
Published: June 2nd, 2012 at 12:27 am ET
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