TV: Worries in Hawaii over Fukushima radioactive leaks — Concern as to whether seafood coming into state is safe (VIDEO)

Published: September 7th, 2013 at 3:51 am ET


Title: Radiation leaks in Japan lead to fish worries in Hawaii
Source: KHON
Reporter: Brianne Randle
Date: September 6, 2013

Radiation leaks in Japan lead to fish worries in Hawaii

Joe Moore, anchor: Growing public worry over radiation contamination has prompted South Korea to ban fish imports from Japan. That move is stiirring concern here in Hawaii as to whether the seafood coming into our state is safe. [...]

Brianne Randle, reporter: [...] The FDA does not anticipate any public health effect on seafood safety since there’s little or no harvesting of fish around the Japan reactor, and federal agencies are screening all imported food from Japan.

As of June, FDA import investigators did contamination checks on almost 200 seafood products. None posed a public health concern. [...]

Consumers should check the front or back of the fish when buying. The label will say where the fish is from. [...]

Watch the broadcast here

Published: September 7th, 2013 at 3:51 am ET


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38 comments to TV: Worries in Hawaii over Fukushima radioactive leaks — Concern as to whether seafood coming into state is safe (VIDEO)

  • harengus_acidophilus

    Another example of "believe" …

    "Consumers should check the front or back of the fish when buying. The label will say where the fish is from. [...]"

    And the fish is from … EARTH!


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  • WavyGravy unobtanium

    "As of June, FDA import investigators did contamination checks on almost 200 seafood products. None posed a public health concern."

    And if there is any concern in the future they'll just raise the allowable radiation limit again.

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  • SusanS

    ☢ Japan Needs Worldwide Help NOW! ☢
    ☢ Fukushima Petitions to Sign & Share! ☢

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  • jec jec

    Checking 200 products??–they need to check EACH product/imported item. Radiation is like sprinkling pepper on a plate–its random unless it is so high its radiating at deadly rates. Are the test results from the FDA available as to the 200 products tested? Am assuming..silly me..that they are testing other imports from Japan as well..??? It is not just food. Remember the metal on a childs bike that was recalled due to contamination–its in wood, its in metal, it in items which have been close to or near radiation.

    Flipping over a fish to check its IPC code? Well that almost what they are saying. Just because a product says made in could be USA China. We see a lot of issues with dog foods due to contamination –guess people are going to get the same treatment!

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    We're "not" eating seafood. When nuclear plants are replaced with safe technology, future generations might be able to enjoy seafood again.

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  • Edward Edward

    The radiation network always shows a reading of 31 for Hawaii, for weeks it never changes, why? Also, Japan always reads a 6. I find it hard to believe these readings are never updated or change. We are truly kept in the dark. Does anyone know of a better site for current readings?

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  • NEWS – While the White House wants to go to war with Syria over chemical weapons, it has blocked the EPA from two rules that would have made chemical companies inform consumers about the presence of DANGEROUS CHEMICALS in people's own household and food products.

    The first Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule, submitted in 2010, would have expanded a list of “chemicals of concern” targeted for further action to reduce the risk they pose to the public.

    The second, proposed a year later, would have prohibited chemical companies from keeping secret the identity of chemicals under review when they submit health and safety studies to the Environmental Protection Agency.

    The chemical industry has won, once again.

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  • Believe what you're TOLD and don't rock the boat.

    The fish plant manager says that he's TOLD every other fish is tested. Then, he lies directly to the camera.

    “Our government is not fudging anything on paperwork,” said Robert Fram

    …and I'm sure they never make a mistake either.
    (some people are so gullible)

    “The FDA works hand-in-hand with the Japanese government, so not only is every load checked, every other fish up there, I’m TOLD, because they are under a spotlight,” Fram said.

    The 'almost' truth is…
    As of June, FDA import investigators did contamination checks on almost 200 seafood products.

    The truth 'most likely' is…
    They are not really checking anything thoroughly because…

    "The FDA does not anticipate any public health effect on seafood safety since there’s little or no harvesting of fish around the Japan reactor…"

    The FDA knows this, because they've been TOLD, "there’s little or no harvesting".

    If they did anticipate anything they would raise the limits.
    (oh, the EPA's already done that)

    "Check your labels", they say. That maybe good advice in a perfect world, but does not apply anymore. When desperate, humans will do anything. Like people, labels are easily manipulated.

    I don't 'believe' for one second that fisherman are not catching from northern Japan and taking it to other ports for processing. They might even mix the catch with others.

    So many seem to be out of touch about all of…

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  • Kind of be nice to know what they tested, how, and the results.

    Oh wait…no immediate danger so you dont "need to know"

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  • weeman

    The only reason that the fish imported are below safe levels of contamination is both USA and Canada, they have increased the levels of contamination that is deemed safe, to the degree that the fish may not be sold in Japan, as they exceed there maximum levels, but are still legal to sell to USA and Canada and deemed safe.
    Bullshite, balderdash, out right lies, deception with no hard facts to back up your claims.
    The salmon returning to the rivers of Canada, Russia and USA are at all time low count, why.

    I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder, who wrought the book of lies.

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    What also needs to be tested is the seafood caught off-shore Hawaii.

    The North Pacific Current splits the Alaska current and the California current..and so forth. Arianna Huffington is now so interested in the area.
    Almost like.. a motion in distraction.

    The Huffington Post Launches Hawaii Edition Showcasing Authentic Island Culture, People and Places

    Yes..Let's talk about what the people eat..what the local fishermen catch.

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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    I read the labels on the fish at the local grocery, and it is labeled China most of the time. A few package are labeled Chile. I live in the USA. I would like to see some fish labeled, "Indiana" or "Vermont" or any of the other 48 states. Fat Chance. Like all the fish in the USA are unfit for consumption. Buy a license if you want fish from here. China, China, China, China, China, China, China, Chile, Chile. USA. Where? The Gulf of Mexico? Rather not have oil-poisoned fish. Halibut… where from, I wonder. This is what I think while I am in the grocery… Maybe the labels should give distance from nuclear plants…. Northwest USA is what labeling I am looking for. Atlantic Salmon… where is this Atlantic Salmon from?? A farm in China… End result- I don't buy much fish anymore. One day a month ago I had cod at Long John Silver's restaurant. Sure was good… bet that won't happen again any time soon. Fish…Our ancestors loved it and trusted it….I think I will have a hamburger… look at the label… Mexico or USA. Much easier to think about that. Where in the USA, Hanford, WA.? I wish nuke power would just never have been started. When the New Madrid fault starts quaking and shaking those nuke plants, I'll start eating something else. Nuke power – the power to worry me to death. Must… read… label. If there was any justice there would be warning labels on nuke cooling towers.

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    • Most of the fish labels I've seen say Vietnam or Taiwan.

      ;) My question is…
      WHY are we importing fish from other countries anyway?

      Maybe we should address that issue first.

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      • Cisco Cisco

        One must be very skeptical regarding labels as Japanese profiteers may be transshipping to other countries for relabeling and shipment from there.

        Of course that's not an issue in the US, as we're OK with any exports coming from Japan. And, as the radioactivity of those products increases, our EPA and FDA will raise the acceptable limits here for your good fortune.

        Bon Appétit!

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      • teamplayer

        This was an answer to a question on a "seafood products'" website.
        "How can Alaskan Salmon come from China?"

        "Where we catch or harvest our seafood products is a source of pride for us. We try to bring you the best of what the world’s oceans have to offer. Federal labeling guidelines require us to label the country of origin, not the ocean of origin. So, if a Keta Salmon is caught in the Bering Sea near Alaska, but is filleted and portioned in another country, it then becomes a “product of” that country. Sorry for the confusion, but those are the rules."
        (In other words, seafood is a global business, and we have no of knowing from a label, exactly where the fish was caught. Sigh…)

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      • End of the Road

        At my local grocery, the other day there was a big sign promoting a sale on Columbia River Salmon. At first I thought "now this is stupid advertising to let the public know it's from Columbia River." But then I was thankful for their ignorance. I gave that sale a wide berth.

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    • weeman

      The atlantic fisheries are already labeling their product, it is a win fall for them, in fact the Atlantic fishing association, if they had any brains would take the lead and test fish from pacific and highlight the lower contamination in atlantic fish, its would be good for business, no foresight.
      Don't think that the Atlantic is sterile either, but at this time better.

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  • Jebus Jebus

    EPA and Obama raised the allowable limits or PAGS, across the board, in April of 2013

    Civilian Cancer Deaths Expected to Skyrocket Following Radiological Incidents

    The White House has given final approval for dramatically raising permissible radioactive levels in drinking water and soil following “radiological incidents,” such as nuclear power-plant accidents and dirty bombs. The final version, slated for Federal Register publication as soon as today, is a win for the nuclear industry which seeks what its proponents call a “new normal” for radiation exposure among the U.S population, according Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

    In June of 2013 the FDA produces the results in the above article.

    "As of June, FDA import investigators did contamination checks on almost 200 seafood products. None posed a public health concern. [...]"

    Everywhere you look, there's that elephant…

    Even Low-Level Radioactivity Is Damaging

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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    We have all been lied to since the day we were born…we are all just cattle and sheep leaning up against various corral boards and nothing more!

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  • rockyourworld

    dont eat the sushi, it's spoiled. sorry, couldnt resist. ha

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  • rockyourworld

    never mind labels, they could be fraudulent. never mind the fish too. what about all our toys they make there? how many might be holding a radioactive phone to their head?

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  • rockyourworld

    driving a radioactive car? or one with radioactive parts? dont walk, run past the import aisle in the supermarket! run past the electronics too! what about other foods that came in contact with the fish? fish is just a distraction. read between the lines!

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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Lead woven jump suits and masks are now advisable..

    Yes sir what is it?
    Bobby grab the mop, broom and dust pan and head over to aisle #4
    Why sir?
    Bobby we have another radiation spill and a bottle of soda fell on the floor!
    Yes sir, right away sir! Should I announce it over the PA?
    Bobby! Shush! Shush! Shush! Best we not alarm all the shoppers!
    Yes sir of course!

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  • Fukushima is FAR FAR worse than we have been told so far, they are just breaking the "we need help" thing now, which means….we need money. Be very cautious in eating fish. The local fish from Hawaii should be fine for another year or two. Then vigilance, it may remain fine, but don't trust the news or the gov. The joke of the guy with the Geiger "measuring" fish in shrink wrap….sorry, measuring any food for radiation is very hard, requires a $20,000 non-handheld machine, or complete dehydration of the food product and then testing the remains. Indeed, the water in the food blocks the radiation, as they say in the video, water is a dilutant and a blocker. Well that means it is impossible to test food with a hand held Geiger….if it does go off….then that food is blatantly and excessively contaminated.

    Some fish, outside the Fukushima harbor have testing at 150,000 Bq/kG, and 100 Bq/kG is over the limit. Scary stuff. And there is no end in site, as Fukushima was built over a river that was diverted sideways from the site. But the area subsided over 6 feet, the whole area dropped, and so the river diversion no longer works and the nuclear materials are rivered away into the ocean on a continuous basis.

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