Physician: Canadian gov’t withholding testing data; “Less confident about eating Pacific seafood now” — Top Scientist: “Sense of potential widespread disaster” from Fukushima

Published: January 20th, 2014 at 12:26 am ET


The Province, Jan. 19, 2014: “Answers to your questions about Fukushima radiation

Local scientific testing of seafood is being done […] Oregon State University and [NOAA] tested 70 pounds of tuna caught off the U.S. west coast and found trace amounts of Fukushima radiation […] OSU’s Delvan Neville, a co-investigator on the project said: “To increase their normal annual dosage of radiation by just one per cent, a person would have to eat more than 4,000 pounds of the highest (radiation) level albacore we’ve seen.”

  • [This lone example of seafood testing took place in 2012. Another OSU study stated, “Radionuclides will gradually spread to the US West Coast waters after a suitable period of time, with the possibility of affecting food quality throughout the food web (including humans).”]

Dr. Erica Frank, a physician and public health expert at UBC, has heard the fears around seafood and wishes the Canadian government would do a better job communicating with the public. “My assessment is that right now, public alarm is greater than actual public health risk,” she said, adding that she has been trying to get food testing data from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for more than a year. She said that after Fukushima, she feels less confident about eating Pacific seafood now, and has completely stopped eating any seafood from Asia.

  • [Previous statements by Dr. Frank: 1) [intlink id=”physician-on-cancer-calculations-epidemic-of-fukushima-radiation-related-deaths-from-fish-in-pacific-may-have-started-vast-implications-for-human-health-i-eat-so-much-salmon-im-vulne” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink] — 2) [intlink id=”highly-regarded-physician-salmon-migrate-through-radioactive-plumes-coming-off-fukushima-then-we-catch-them-on-canadas-shores-a-concern-for-food-safety-video” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]]

The CFIA [Canadian Food Inspection Agency] conducted special tests in 2011 and 2012 [that] were well below action limits, according to the CFIA. The agency […] has determined that further testing of “domestic food products for the presence of radioactive material is not required.” “The CFIA would take immediate action if it was determined that any food samples represented a potential health risk to consumers” […] The Bottom Line: There is no discernible Fukushima-related risk in eating seafood, especially if it’s locally caught.

  • [From earlier today: [intlink id=”senior-scientist-second-plume-headed-towards-california-effects-of-fukushima-will-be-increasing-as-front-edge-of-large-water-plume-arrives-soon-levels-will-increase-in-upcoming-years-i” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]]

“I have seen a paper which says that if in fact the fourth (nuclear) plant goes under in an earthquake and those rods are exposed, it’s bye-bye Japan and everybody on the west coast of North America should evacuate,” [said Dr. David Suzuki.] […] The David Suzuki Foundation says the paper Suzuki cited was the 2013 World Nuclear Industry Status Report. […] [Lead author of that report, nuclear energy analyst Mycle Schneider] told The Province […] “To be very clear, I have never seen any credible source for a scenario implying the evacuation of the west coast of North America. In fact, much of the attitude of people on the west coast — like no more swimming in the ocean — seems utterly disconnected from reality […] I’m really, really shocked about the way it’s being discussed in Canada. It’s just totally insane.” […] “I regret having said it, although my sense of potential widespread disaster remains and the need for an urgent international response to dealing with the spent rods at Fukushima remains,” Suzuki said.

  • [“No more swimming in the ocean — seems utterly disconnected from reality”? According to Dr. Edwin Lyman of the Union of Concerned Scientists: [intlink id=”senior-scientist-id-be-worried-about-swimming-ocean-hawaii-starting-2015-maher-youre-scaring-radioactive-dangers-japan-will-be-coming-beach-video” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]. Lyman received praise from Tepco adviser Lake Barrett at 1:16:30 into this video for his ‘responsible’ comments about the Fukushima disaster.]

When sea stars were found to be dying off in massive numbers off the B.C. coast, some were quick to point to Fukushima as a reason. “Crazy talk,” said Dr. Chris Mah, a sea-star expert and researcher at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History based in Washington, D.C.

  • [Crazy talk? [intlink id=”lead-researcher-fukushima-pollution-a-cause-of-epidemic-wiping-out-starfish-along-west-coast-sea-urchins-and-sea-cucumbers-also-affected-something-is-making-them-susceptible-infection-it” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]]

See also: [intlink id=”nuclear-engineer-little-alerting-many-articles-downplaying-fukushima-health-effects-happening-going-walk-away-reactors-sorry-video” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

Published: January 20th, 2014 at 12:26 am ET


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57 comments to Physician: Canadian gov’t withholding testing data; “Less confident about eating Pacific seafood now” — Top Scientist: “Sense of potential widespread disaster” from Fukushima

  • weeman

    Dr David Suzuki the environmentalist that drives a hummer, please note he retracted his statement, he don't have the guts, another pawn that only cares about his own welfare, don't we all.

    • ENENews

      Suzuki's statement: “I have seen a paper which says that if in fact the fourth (nuclear) plant goes under in an earthquake and those rods are exposed, it’s bye-bye Japan and everybody on the west coast of North America should evacuate”

      I don't recall seeing any papers about possible West Coast evacuations.

      The closest I could find is comments by Sen. Wyden:

      New Interview: Fukushima poses lethal risk to US West Coast, says Senator — Another bomb waiting to go off — Extreme nuclear vulnerability, especially in Reactor No. 4

      More from Sen. Wyden: Fukushima spent fuel absolutely a national security issue — Radiation caused by pool failure “could reach the West Coast within days”

      Senator ‘mortified’ about possible disaster at Unit 4 — ‘Still shakes his head in disbelief’ over Fukushima visit two months ago

      • For All at Enenews who are compelled to alert the People

        also contains info for contacting all U.S. representatives. TY.

        • clamshellernh clamshellernh

          Chemfood I found this today and managed to save it , I think this should go into the arsenal as sharing material . It empowers us to a degree . This link has a bunch of talking points and print out materials , I will use some of it to wheat paste and guerrilla market so to speak and I would suggest the same , leave it in a bathroom be creative , leave it in restaurants subways …….could someone on this site save it

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      • weeman

        Suzuki retracted his statement and we all know if four falls, I don't know the implifications, but it is not good.

        • What about the 1, 2 and 3 spent fuel pools? Why the smokescreen on the fact that there's three other SFPs full of high level waste they keep forgetting to talk about?

          • artika rama

            joyb IMO there is no way anyone can do anything about those sfp . They will just coever them with tents (the so called kevlar housings ) and pretend theya re removing the fuel . I dont believe any living creature can stand the radiation to work on a building with molten cores inside . Estimated radiation levels at unit 3 building is an hour LD 50/50 . You would need hundreds of thousands of suicide workers to get the job done and that would mean the end of japan . THEY CAN NOT REMOVE IT . ALl that fuel in those fuel pools will go burning in open air by the next big earth quake and THAT will make everything ten times worse. IMO they already know it , thats why the silence , tahst why the secrecy law etc etc . Its messed up .

            • tonybach

              Got to agree with you here, Rama, Rama.

            • Makes me wonder if those pools haven't already turned to nuclear lava and made their way into the ground to join the cores' vampire squids. And that makes me wonder why they're still talking ice walls and cofferdams instead of building the Mother Of All Seawalls out past the last groundwater exit sink. It wouldn't be too difficult to find, after all.

              Contract some deep water drillers to install pilings, then get the nations to start bringing barge-trains of rock – start dumping and keep right on dumping rock until the wall gets high enough to finish off. Fuku is a world problem, and the world needs to get off their butts and do what is necessary.

              [Now to see if this will post, tried it minutes ago and got a '404' that this page didn't exist.]

              • artika rama

                joyb Tats what i am thinking too joyB . There should be an international effort dealing with this disaster before it gets worse . All that water being poured on the side weakens the already damaged buildings more and more . The whole site is turning into quicksand . The buildings are beginning to tilt . Those fuel pools are sitting on top of those buildings with hundreds of tons of MOX fuel iun them . SOmething needs to be done quickly or the next quake will finish it off , and this whole disaster will get 10 times worse. Thats my biggest worry .

                • TooExpensiveToMatter

                  "the next quake will finish it off"

                  I'm not sure that is not precisely what TEPCO is waiting/hoping for because then, they can attribute it to an act of Nature and wash their hands of the whole thing.

                  Clearly, most of what they have done so far (pumping water into hundreds of leaky storage tanks) has been done merely for show, to make it look like they are trying to address the problem. What do they even propose to DO with all that water? Eventually the entire country of Japan will be covered with leaky storage tanks.

                  Sorry if that sounds cynical but I don't believe for a second that either TEPCO or the Japanese government is really interested in mitigating this disaster. If they were, at a BARE MINIMUM, they would be devoting the kind of resources to it that the former Soviet Union devoted to Chernobyl. The situation is very different, but just as an example, within about 6 months of the accident, they had built a mammoth concrete and steel sarcophagus over the remains at Chernobyl.

                  There might be a lot of stuff that is now past the point of no return(the coriums?), but that does not mean there is nothing that can be done to mitigate the situation.

                  But, quite frankly, I don't think they really care about anything other than covering their own a**.

                  And (of course) other countries don't want to get involved because that would make them partly responsible for the outcome.

                  So, TEPCO will be left alone until the next major earthquake "resolves" the…

                  • artika rama

                    tooexpensivetomatter Big thumbsplus , thats exactly my opinion on this issue as well. Tepco is not , and will not do anything . Its all just a show . Dirty tricks that will cost the lives of millions of people .

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      They forget to tell you that half of our annual exposure – 50% – is ALREADY from manmade radiation sources.

  • Stupidbutnotbumb

    Everyone needs a pay check these days…

  • humptydumpty humptydumpty

    When "trace amounts" of radionuclide particles from Fuku are found in fish samples, what does that really mean? Why is that being evaluated as only slightly higher than a "normal annual dosage" which ostensibly means EXTERNAL exposure, which as we know is totally different and relatively benign compared to INTERNAL exposure?

    I'm suspicious of any such conclusion (from OSU and NOAA in 2012), especially when it estimates the amount of fish a person would need to consume in order to increase their exposure above the arbitrary "normal annual dosage". All it takes is one hot particle to cause cancer. How can anybody know the chances of ingesting one, given the greatly increased risk over time?

    I think it's inaccurate to give a scientific answer purely based on one test sample, particularly without taking into account the observed changes to the Pacific Ocean that indicate something terrible is happening to the life forms there. I am also very suspicious of scientists in general, since their narrow perspectives and questionable loyalties have brought so many threats against our health and safety.

    • harengus_acidophilus

      It's a CYA phrase

      "When "trace amounts" of radionuclide particles from Fuku
      are found in fish samples, what does that really mean?"

      This must be interpreted as "non-negliable quantities".


    • James Tekton James Tekton

      "I am also very suspicious of scientists in general, since their narrow perspectives and questionable loyalties have brought so many threats against our health and safety."

      Gosh darn scientists suck. They all do for not speaking out to tell the world the truth about this Extinction Level Event. They all have failed to do anything to stop this insanity of the slow murdering of the worlds people. Soon, they all should be hanged for complicity in the ongoing evil and cover up of this horrendous wicked world disaster in fukushima.


      • harengus_acidophilus

        Inconsequence at it's best

        "Gosh darn scientists suck."
        Yes, they've invented the transistor, the computer
        and the internet. What a sucking waste of time.

        "they all should be hanged for complicity"
        Violence – your only solution for every problem?


  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    SUBJECT Good links not mired in too much of the kooky
    Here another very good blog to help the newcomer here understand more about levels ect

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  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    More links

    Food Safety Group Applauds Recent American Medical Association (AMA) Recommendation to Test U.S. Seafood for Radiation
    Washington, DC — (SBWIRE) — 07/30/2013 — Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network (FFAN) today applauded the recent American Medical Association (AMA) resolution that calls on the U.S. government to test all U.S. seafood for radiation and fully report the results to the public. TheAMA joins FFAN in demanding the public’s ‘Right to Know’ regarding radiation levels in food. The California Medical Association (CMA) initiated the resolution.

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  • Socrates

    "Something is making them susceptible…."

    To toxic algae from lack of fixed nitrogen, or a novel virus, or just a form of sudden collagen destruction that triggers rejection as in an autoimmune reaction with failure of echinoderms stem cells that anticipate regeneration of lost arms… Arsenic exposures plus ionizing radiation…

    A few guesses… With radiation playing some role.

  • Jebus Jebus

    I hope this helps everyone understand the implications of pacific seafood contamination with manmade radionuclides, along with the mercury contamination. The contaminated, will be dropped into the "meal" bin. Processed seafood products are used in many, many products. Preservatives are heavily added, (Ethoxyquin). The most notable for me, is pet food…

    Fish products

    Fish meal

    What’s Really in Pet Food

    Dog food 101: What is meal when listed as an ingredient?

    • Jebus Jebus

      I might add this does not even address the source subjects and their future viability as members of the overall food chain in the world's oceans.

  • Ontological Ontological

    I still am mystified. R3 blew up, containing MOX fuel. What could be WORSE than that? Every day the Sun rises, seems to be a new set of lies.

    • Jebus Jebus

      Um, maybe, 1045, err, 1046 days of continous manmade radionuclide releases into the pacific ocean?

      The result is always equal to the sum of the parts…

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    This is a very good op ed about Japan's back and forth on nuclear with very good explanations and USA complicity

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  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    Food Safety in the Post-Fukushima World

    By Marianne Barisonek

    The EPA will test for radiation in milk once every three months. This is inadequate. We need a comprehensive program for testing food for radiation levels.


    Fukushima has just about completely fallen off the front pages. This is not because the nuclear power plants have stopped spewing radiation into the environment or because the situation is no longer dangerous. The only thing that's been controlled is the media's coverage of the disaster.

    That leaves a lot of us wondering just how hazardous is the fallout from Fukushima. The EPA has a program of monitoring air, milk and water for various radionuclides. In March they stepped up the sampling but as if May 3rd they went back to taking samples every three months. The stated reason is that declining levels of radiation make it unnecessary.

    The official line is that " radiation levels detected by RadNet monitors and sampling have been very low, are well below any level of public health concern." It's an interesting statement because it implies that there is a level of radiation that is harmless. That's simply not true. Very small amounts of the radionuclides produced by nuclear accidents are harmful. There is no safe level of radiation and especially not the kinds that spill out of nuclear power plants.

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    MAN MADE DEATH . . .

    Nuclear radiation doesn't need to exist.

    Each nuclear disaster gets larger .. we can't keep this up.

  • tsfw tsfw

    I'm so incredibly tired of it all. I wonder if Suzuki was threatened because I have watched and listened and read everything that man has had to say since I was 12 years old and he would not have said he read a paper that he had not. I look up to that man and wished he was my father as a child- this is very bubble bursting for me. I thought he had the integrity to walk Canadians through this, but I guess he's buy-able too ): Fuck humans, we deserve this, the animals don't.

  • Maybe Suzuki needs some education:

    According to Helen Caldicott "1/1,000,000 gram of inhaled plutonium will give you cancer."

    "#3 reactor and spent fuel pool at Fukushima contained over a TON of plutonium. (This means it was a breeder reactor) Plutonium is a very dangerous substance that can turn into nano particles very easily in case of a nuclear accident. After an accident, plutonium nano dust rises into the air, gets carried by the wind and then goes around the world, where we inhale it or eat it with food or drink it with water. "

    "Dr. Goffman reports that even one billion part per million in air is enough to cause cancer. Plutonium is a VERY dangerous radioactive substance. One tiny little particle that you cannot even see, smell or detect with a Geiger Counter can kill you or the people you love, for the next hundred thousand years. Not only can and will this one tiny little invisible nano plutonium particle kill one person, namely you, it will kill countless future generations of your unborn children in future generations that are not even here yet."

    But, the fish are safe to eat. Right?

    • Angela_R

      Pu239, a not new video of Helen Caldicott was recently reposted. Personally I find her presentation of the facts the best I've seen. Helen is forthright and speaks with conviction and knowledge.
      Helen has been active in broadcasting the dangers of nuclear radiation for more than forty years, she has spoken up, if you haven't seen this presentation, then view her here

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      "Dr. Goffman reports that even one billion part per million in air is enough to cause cancer."

      One billion part per million? That's not air, that's solid. I mean a billion parts per billion would be 1:1

      Must be a typo.

  • Sol Man

    Very fast detonation first, then slow detonation since then.

  • Arizonan Arizonan

    Strange how they have spent billions over the last 70 years designing and engineering what they hoped were adequate containment structures, but when a gargantuan meltdown actually occurs, then suddenly it's no big deal. Does that strike anyone else as odd?

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Three of the world trade center towers in New York City fell into dust and disintegrated. No one bothered to issue a recall of elemental steel and take it off the periodic table.

      Three total nuclear core meltdowns, and Fukushima Prefecture was hesitant to hand out iodine pills…and Tepco acted as though it got a stain on it's daddy's carpet and decided to put a chair on it for a few months…

      Nothing odd. Nothing odd at all. At least nothing compared to the Oddworld video game.

    • Sol Man

      There is a better word; diabolical, perhaps. When profit at any cost supersedes even the importance of your own children with the ecosystem intact, in the face of death… but, when failure occurs-consider the mass deaths worldwide. It is beyond sickness.

      • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

        I have to chime in here, sorry. Yes diabolical; yes evil; yes depraved indifference to life; yes all those things. Alan Greenspan, a very smart man and former fed. chairman, already admitted, ADMITTED, he made a serious fundamental mistake about people. Allow me to paraphrase: "for 40 years(!) I believed people did things for the benefit of their investors and customers to insure their own success. I DON'T BELIEVE THIS ANYMORE". In other words, people do things out of spite, indifference, depravity, ignorance and just because they can. There are sick, psychotic, mal-formed, soulless, immoral bipeds out there in control of everything. It's time, past time, to drop the "profit at any cost" meme, 'cause as Greenspan pointed out, there's just evil in the world. Do not think of these people as humans. Their corium has gone to hell a long time ago. End rant.

  • profit is not the sole cause of these events in our history, there are genocides set up purely for depopulation, fukushima is a depopulation event.

    • tonybach

      Having problems wrapping the neurons between my ears over this one Already ….. dead. If Fuku is a "depopulation event", surely you run the risk of depopulating yourself PLUS family and friends?? Is my understanding of psychopaths still at the embryo sgtage??

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    When gov't WITHHOLDS ALL food contamination data, GET YOUR OWN:

    Eventual recognition of the 'erratic' and 'leopard spot' concentration patterns of contamination HOT SPOTS, in the Pacific, in the rain and snow, on N. American agricultural land, as well as the resulting HOT ITEMS in local groceries, will reveal the uselessness of remote food "sampling", and demonstrate the necessity of food testing in restaurants, at the 'point of sale' at your grocery, and ultimately food testing by you in your own home.

    A high ratio of short-lived 2 year c134 to 30 year c137 reveals recent Fuku contamination, and this measurement and calculation of man-made, short-lived 134-137 contaminants is the same principle as the professional processes that were used in proving the first contamination of CA ag crops in 2011.

  • soundmind

    Searchers and Researchers: They can lie but they can't hide. Let them eat fish,cow,produce from Japan and California. We all in same boat with no oar. Let them draw their little pittance from their manipulators. And, let such be a witness and testimony against them when the trials come. They are in denial. Let them continue while they lie in their beds writhing in agony. GE, Tepco, and all governments are subject to Law and Order way above their heads and ain't no way out. Karma is a bad motor scooter and touches all the liars and the truth seekers, the results however are different. Cheers to Life awareness and consciousness and Love.. all else fails the test.

  • Ana Ana

    I just want to comment (again) that people going on about produce from California need to look at the jet stream not a straight line from Japan to the west coast. The jet stream brings the radiation overhead and then rain and snow bring it down to the earth.

    I assure you that Fuku radiation is in the dirt in Idaho, Colorado, Texas and points east. It has been found in the ground in Maine. You can refuse to eat things grown here in Calif and that is fine but do not delude yourself into thinking you have avoided eating Fuku radiation.

    It has and still is sprayed all over the US, Canada and Mexico. Here is a jet stream map. In fact today it is bringing Fuku to the middle and east of the country and not much at all to Calif.

    Ana in Sacramento (Calif)

    • soundmind

      Ana: Agreed you are absolutely correct. My note was in re: California ships more produce or a higher percentage than other NW states particularly to chain restaurants in the mid and east parts of NA. However, you raise a very valid point in that ALL food should be tested at the point of consumption. Thank you for your astute observation.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Yes, California is being spared due to the extreme high pressure system off the coast.. 🙂

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        And/but, there is a but, since California got blasted with radiation contamination in 2011 and 2012.. 🙁

  • Sparky Sparky

    @Ana, Agreed! There are also many other potential sources of radioactive contamination other than/in addition to Fukushima NPP, including North American NPPs and waste sites, uranium mining, wars, military testing and "research", medical/industrial waste, and more. Rad contamination of our food, water and air now directly or indirectly threatens every living organism on Earth, forever.

    Being in California, yes, I'm VERY concerned and cautious. But others residing elsewhere should not be lulled into a false sense of security as radiation contamination is literally everywhere, and more is most certainly on the way.

    I’m to the point where I don’t assume ANY food is safe. I have been struggling with some of the questions raised by JT above, and many more. I don’t have enough answers, and/or I can’t seem to implement the “solutions” (all temporary, ultimately) fast enough. 🙁

    In the end, I think you can only do your best to mitigate, adjust, adapt, and hope to survive…mitigate, adjust, adapt, survive….

  • Daisy207

    Show a table. What components were tested for? What were the concentrations of the radioactive metals (CS, Pu, U, etc) in mg/kg – and then lastly – tell us the radioactivity level. Tell us the name of the lab doing the testing (so we can check to see if they even have the right equipment) and the name of the agency collecting the samples. Not one statement is made showing the data and then saying "These data show". Give me data and I will make up my own mind.

  • isogoodhumans

    Dont eat Pacific seafood, the Japanese can legally export food that they find is too radioactive for they themselves to east, and sell it to us instead of losing money on it as waste!

    Great business model, too bad for North American consumers