Physician: Statement by Canadian officials indicates Fukushima contamination was detected in fish at levels that are “difficult to explain without undue alarm” — Huffington Post: “Sockeye Salmon Sushi: Use a Geiger Counter”

Published: September 6th, 2013 at 3:05 pm ET


Title: Sockeye Salmon Sushi: Use a Geiger Counter
Source: Huffington Post
Author: Alison Winfield Burns
Date: Sept. 6, 2013 at 1:35p ET

Sockeye Salmon Sushi: Use a Geiger Counter

[…] spawning sockeye salmon journey via the North Pacific Current from the top of Japan to Northern California, British Columbia and Alaska. This same current carries whatever Fukushima is in the process of vomiting forth, bathing salmon and herring all along the way in radioactive cesium. […]

[…] We need to test the fish. Nobody, no entity, no country tests the salmon for radiation exposure: red flag. […]

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Preventive Medicine and Population Health at University of British Columbia, and the former President of Physicians for Social Responsibility Dr. Erica Frank: “The bit that needs fixing here is our inevitably deadly reliance on nuclear power. Yummy tuna and salmon today, and most export products from Japan — and what happens when the same thing happens at Hanford, and any other nuclear power station?”

Dr. Erica Frank: “In particular, this is the piece that indicates to me that they have found levels detectable-but-difficult-to-explain-without-undue-alarm:”

To date, all results that have been produced show that no radionuclides are present above actionable levels. This means that we have not found any evidence of radioactivity in any food products at levels of concern. Once the Agency has conducted its rigorous quality control it will publish all test results on its website. (Canadian Food Inspection Agency communication provided by Dr. Frank) […]

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Published: September 6th, 2013 at 3:05 pm ET


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39 comments to Physician: Statement by Canadian officials indicates Fukushima contamination was detected in fish at levels that are “difficult to explain without undue alarm” — Huffington Post: “Sockeye Salmon Sushi: Use a Geiger Counter”

  • Canuck1

    A little late. People on the west coast have been eating salmon like no tomorrow as the gov't has a blind eye. I have been telling friends not to eat the stuff for years..Their response" You have to die someday"..We don't need stupid people on this earth, they can go..

    • norbu norbu

      We have not touched ANY fresh seafood in more than 2 years. Only pre-fuku. Yes people continue to stuff there faces with rad-seafood.

      • gottagetoffthegrid

        And wine. Don't forget the wine. Fuku blew just as the vines were growing. They would have sucked up that march/April rain 🙁

        Grab the 2010s while they last.

        Not much left, I'll have to switch to Southern Hemisphere wines soon.
        Chile, South Africa, auz, nz – all good.

  • jec jec

    Dr Frank's analysis of the statements by the Canadian authorities is important. This is the referenced statement:
    "To date, all results that have been produced show that no radionuclides are present above actionable levels. This means that we have not found any evidence of radioactivity in any food products at levels of concern. Once the Agency has conducted its rigorous quality control it will publish all test results on its website."

    The comments, "actionable levels," and "levels of concern"..means the tests showed up to 'levels of concern." Or higher if the quality control flag has been waved. In other words, what they found is concerning, they are reviewing in hopes of an ERROR. So waiting against the hope they failed in testing correctly. The agency is probably thinking 'someone' else would have raised the alarm "we have to be careful" or "we could be in error." Sad to say, they are not. At least S. Korea has stopped fish imports–little bit late in trusting the sellers to check their product. Money wins every time it seems in the nuclear business..

    • Marushka Marushka

      'actionable levels' etc is just so much propaganda and not giving you information with which to make informed decisions. Levels in fish now are too high for consumption based on studies – and what happened to thousands — over many years post-Chernobyl.

      “Children receive the highest doses, because the dose coefficients, in a 3 year old child, are 5 times higher than in adults.“ – Nesterenko, founder of BELRAD, Belarus.

      Why: we can rightly consider the Cesium-137 in relatively small doses (20-30 Bq/kg); a breach of the regulatory PAGE 2 – 3:

  • What is an 'actionable' level in Canada? 1000 BQ/KG? 2000, 50000, 1,000,000?

    In the US, they just increased the 'safe' levels of radiation in food and water by up to 24,000 times. What do they KNOW, that they are not telling everyone?

    Who knows these days, because everyone seems to be raising the safe limits arbitrarily, with no notice, no reasons and no justifications that make any sense.

    Bottom line, everything is safe to eat, and no one can sue anyone else for all the cancers and other dis-eases caused.

  • weeman

    I don't think a Geiger counter will tell you much about the radioactivity of food, it does not distinguish between Alfa, Bata or gamma rays or the actual isotopes in food and at what levels, I don't understand how he can make that statement, misinformation.
    If you put the food in a lead container to sheild food from naturally occuring radiation and do a 10 minite count, it will only tell you cpm and that is not going to tell you if it is safe to eat or what radioactive elements are present.
    Please correct me if I am wrong.

    • Lion76 Lion76

      actually some geigers do have spectrum analysis capabilities. I have also been wish listing for a true food tester with spectrum analysis ($5k-10k)but I'm a college student.

      And as far as "safe to eat" well, I don't want "any" radioactive contaminants in my food… So I avoid all seafood starting 2 years ago. It's the only true "safe" because nuclear contamination is not "background" and if you can detect "any" radiation above background in your food… then I would call that "unsafe" because if you ingest radioactive particles of any type GOOD LUCK WITH THAT

    • yummy radionuclide

      it's not only a matter of alpha beta and gamma rays: chemical toxicity is also an issue. For example Pu is extremely toxic.

      • yummy radionuclide

        I mean measuring radiation won't tell you about toxicity. I think it is preferable to eat a fish with uranium than with plutonium, although it is more radioactive. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    • You are correct, weeman.

      I have an older model Geiger.

      Plus: It's industrial strength, measures CPM both beta and gamma, is sensitive to factors of +100 and -100 [X].

      Minus: It cannot measure alpha (there's a trick for measuring high-energy alpha, not adequately accurate), it's an extra paper calculation to factor beta, it returns in cpm and rem dose rate (not becquerels or sieverts) so those need extra paper calculations too.

      If they had a hand-meter with plug-in alpha/beta only it would be great. A separate-read meter (or digital histogram) for energy levels and sample breakdown on concentrations it would be much better. But it's useful enough for the average citizen's purposes to determine that radiation is present. Converting CPM [Counts Per Minute] to becquerels is a simple matter of dividing by 60. My rule of thumb is that if I feel like I have to test it before I eat it, that foodstuff should be avoided for the duration.

  • "As stated on our website, the results of this imported (Japanese) fish product were 3.56 Bq/Kg for Cesium 134 and 4.1 Bq/Kg for Cesium 137. While this product is above the Minimum Detectable Concentration, it does not pose a health risk to consumers. Health Canada has determined that the action level for this product is 1000 Bq/Kg".

    Just like in the USA, Japanese can ship food or drink over to US or Canada that is too radioactive to sell over there, because their 'action' level is 100 Bq/kg.

    US and Canada safe limit is 1,000 Bq/Kg.

    But the Japanese can safely and legally export and sell food and drinks here, despite the fact that it is too radioactively contaminated to eat or drink over there.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    "Now finish eating your dinner little Johnny cuz if you don't clear your plate you can't go to Red Lobster with us after Mommy & Daddy finish our chemo & radiation treatments at the hospital tomorrow"! 🙁

  • How Cesium And Strontium 90 Kills Children (German w English CC) via @AGreenRoad

  • SusanS

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The "journey" is radiation blowing by wind and ocean currents to Canada and beyond. And directly to United States. So, what sea life isn't contaminated?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Zero! It's all contaminated now!

  • rockyourworld

    this will destroy the economy

  • razzz razzz

    I would think ingesting radioactivity is easier on the body than inhaling radioactivity. For kids either way is bad since they are still growing and adding/building mass.

    As an adult, only being exposed to a fallout cloud like from Daiichi or being a down-winder of a nuke plant or nuke testing grounds would you want to take extraordinary precautions.

    As I read and learn, the gut (digestive tract) handles radiation well. It is those hot particles (microscopic plutonium and uranium) when inhaled than can lodge in the lungs and never leave but still takes 5-70 years to cause damage since the decay rate is so slow.

    Radioisotope exposure rates and internal dose rates have different half-life timelines because once inside the body they usually get excreted in a short amount of time leaving them to do less damage hence the internal half-life measurements are much shorter (the time spent inside the body).

    Kids more than adults, it is hard to strike a balance in good overeating to prevent uptake of bad elements or under eating where any bad elements can be utilized by the body. Supplements would help but there are no absolute guarantees. To much of anything is bad for you.

    Farmers give cattle prussian blue (clay) to absorb (bind) cesium from grasses. Activated charcoal, bentonite, others, help absorb bodily toxic elements.

    Getting more good iodine and calcium via supplements is probably a better idea than not taking anything esp. for kids just don't OD on the…

    • razzz razzz

      …just don't OD on the stuff.

    • Razz, although I agree that the gut is more effective at eliminating radionuclides, I disagree that contaminated food is not risky for adults.

      Cesium, radio-iodine, and strontium are biological analogs to potassium, iodine, and calcium. The research is very clear that plants and animals will absorb these radionuclides and that they will bio-accumulate in organs.

      Indeed, strontium is actually stored in the brain as calcium, which is needed for the calcium-ion channels.

      So, let us not soft-peddle the dangers of radioactive food.

      Even more disturbing is the tendency for radionuclides to end up in placentas.

      I know it sounds rather taboo but it would be quite instructive to test the menstrual blood of women living in close proximity, or immediately downwind, of the Fukushima plant.

      Genetic damage to germ-line cells is HERITABLE so every generation is 'afflicted' with their parents' radiation exposure.

      Citizens throughout the world have a basic human right to know how much radiation is in their food, water, and air. It is a basic human security right.

  • Jebus Jebus

    I wont…


    Is eating fish from the Pacific Ocean safe after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown in 2011? So far, the answer is maybe, maybe not.

    And the FDA's new ass covering page…

    Radiation Safety

    New and Updated Information

    Updated – As of June 20th, FDA import investigators had performed 32,685 field examinations for radionuclide contamination. FDA had tested 1313 samples, 199 which were seafood or seafood products. 1312 samples had no Iodine-131, Cesium-134, Cesium-137, or other gamma-ray emitting radionuclides of concern. 1 sample was found to contain detectable levels of Cesium, but was below the established Derived Intervention Level (DIL) and posed no public health concern.

    • dka

      To Jebus: in reply to September 7, 2013 at 12:27 am

      These tests where done between March and May 2011. Or 21 of March 2011. This means that these data are almost useless since it took time for radioactive isotopes to spread into the ocean and moving towards the US West coast.
      Please be careful when you use data to make a point!
      Worst, it is certain, 100% certain, that the seawater contamination just after the explosion was very very high.
      If the results of these tests are not showing any issue, there is a serious bias with how they were handled. Many fish were ought with very high dose of radioactivity, so, we know, and fishing is even banned in some areas, that there is a real danger.
      Tests not showing any risk or danger are simply 100% way wrong.

  • rockyourworld

    dont eat the sushi, it's spoiled!

  • Fish has been known to be unsafe for decades.

    The problem used to be MERCURY and other toxins.

    Even if you ate sardines, which as smaller fish have less mercury, the can itself has an unsafe amount of lead in it.

    Beef is also bad for you for many reasons, and there's not enough space here to list them all. If the Mad Cow Disease scandal didn't scare consumers, nothing will.

    Chickens too are pumped full of antibiotics.

    No food animal is safe to eat.

    I'm a vegetarian but I still eat cheese and eggs. I know I'm getting all those radioactive supplements with my dairy, but I'm addicted.

    There's no way to escape dangerous levels of radiation in our food, water, air, everything. All we can do now is minimize the risk as much as possible, and pray.

    At this point we can only watch helplessly as this situation unfolds. And hope that those who have allowed this to happen, those responsible for the mishandling of this disaster who have lied to us or faked ignorance, will face justice some day.


  • razzz razzz

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    Raisin-type grape varieties are forecast at 2.4 million tons, up 25.5% from 2012.

    The industry that is centered in the central San Joaquin Valley is expected to produce grapes on 200,000 acres this year. Federal officials say weather conditions have been ideal for grape development and the 2013 crop is shaping up to be the largest since 2008.


  • razzz razzz

    Eggs are the worst. They are full of indigestible proteins, useless, except as a mucus maker for a runnier nose when you have a cold or have the flu to spit up wads. The only way to eat eggs, if you must, is hard boiled.

    Meat is murder. Eggs are abortions.

    • Meh. Went vegetarian (with dairy, occasional fish) more than 40 years ago. Have two Pekin ducks we got for the grandkids Easter before last as peeps. Both are female, I get 2 to 4 eggs a day. Now, we don't eat 2 to 4 big duck eggs a day, so I give most away to family/friends, always have a rotating dozen or more on hand plus some to wash next time I do dishes. More albumin (protein) in the whites than chicken eggs, thicker, harder shells. The ducks are free range yard, garden and orchard pets, eat plenty of bugs and slugs.

      Pekins were bred for meat, not brains or wildland skills. They're famous for having absolutely no maternal instincts to speak of, will walk away from an egg wherever it's laid and never think another moment about it. During the depression there was good supplemental income to be made with broody hens so farmers could incubate/hatch eggs. Since we have no drake I don't consider the eggs to be 'abortions'. They're just eggs my ducks give me every day for free. A natural consequence of their existence. Food if you care to eat them instead of letting the dogs have 'em, like the peaches, pears, apples, grapes and veggies I grow in my garden.

      Just so you know.

      • razzz razzz

        JoyB: Technically, your are a meatless eater.

        Vegetarianism is a politically given name so you can fit a profile easier.

        Vegetarians only eat vegetables, Fruitarians only eat fruits, Vegan(?), I am not sure what they are all about, to many variations. Then there are the main majority of mixed eaters that are walking garbage disposals.

        Those bottom feeding animals, besides catfish and halibut, like things that eat slugs and bugs are going to bio-accumulate all the nasty fallout first.

        Fasting is beneficial because you can make one up that suits your lifestyle without to much discomfort. A liquid fast, a juices only fast, no meat fast, no fowl, no fish, no grains, no refined foods fast, no fast food, etc. or no food intake except pure water starting after your stomach is empty which is true fasting.

        Haven't had a decent apple in years except off my one hybrid tree and haven't had one of those Bing cherries that snaps when you bite into it because they are so crisp and firm, in years either. Used to get them by the roadside orchard stands just outside of east Hemet, Ca. a long long time ago.

        • Yeah, I don't care much for labels, it's as you say – a way to categorize people, though sometimes we do need to be categorized for communications purposes. Eggs aren't my favorite food, eat 'em mostly in baked goods or in a breakfast omelet or dinner quiche once a week or two. Hubby won't even eat that many. So at the rate they're coming in, quite a few end up in the compost bin. Where those hard to break shells add good calcium to the stew, and between that and the wood shavings/duck poop make excellent fertilizer/mulch for fruit and veggies. Which we do eat a lot of.

          That peach tree is a volunteer from the compost bin, where it sat one terrace lower. 4 years old now, it got to about 20 feet. Until too much rain this year fattened so many peaches they all ended up drooping onto the ground and in the pumpkin patch. Made 'em easy to pick, but now have to prune it severely for next year. Lost a branch off each of my apples this year too. Mama pear is still so sturdy we got video of a mama bear climbing her all the way to the top (60 feet at least) to show off and shake fruit down to her three cubs a couple of weeks ago. Sure cured me of thinking you can climb a tree to get away from a black bear! §;o)

  • Jebus Jebus

    I think it is important to remember that there is no front edge to this elevated radionuclide dispersion. There is no back edge in the forseeable future, it's still coming. There is no left or right. No up or down. It's anywhere. It's everywhere. It's nowhere.
    From the first great plume of isotopes of Iodine, Xenon, Radon, nanoparticles, and others. The largest release of radioactive xenon gas in history.
    To the explosions and an expelled core. Some pieces and nanoparticles, high into the atmosphere.
    To the tsunami which wiped untold amounts of everything manmade, and man, into the sea.
    To the burning of a fresh spent fuel pool inventory.
    To the untold volumes of fresh and seawater through the cores, into the sea.
    To the capture and release program Tepco set up for corium water mitigation.
    To the lies and coverup, of whatever else is hiding in the pits.
    To the contamination of our food supply.
    To the children in harms way and the ones who have perished from this.
    To the idleness of the world.
    Fukushima is everywhere, and nowhere at all…

  • "Difficult to explain without undue alarm." Since this poison is invisible its pretty easy to keep the people from getting alarmed. But don't we have the right to know? Stephan Harper, leader of my country is busy painting Canada Gov websites blue, his Conservative party colour. Busy cutting science research budgets and has prorogued parliament, meaning the government wont sit in September as is usual challenging his policies. I guess Canadian politics is off topic for this thread. But suffice to say Harper is busy with internal political intrigue, Police investigations and hiding the truth from Canadians. Don't expect any actionable actions on the radiated fish files from this Canadian government. Peace

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, our little sister is quite troubled too and probably not unlike being somewhat bipolar!

    Advise truck loads of lithium salts be distributed to all Canadians under the force/shield of civil law…