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After Fukushima Manga Becomes Outspoken Media In Japan

After Fukushima Manga Becomes Outspoken Media In Japan

Two manga (graphic novel/comic books) series have taken up the cause of the Fukushima Disaster and caused a stir in Japan. The first being a series of installments on life at the Fukushima Daiichi disaster site. The series titled “Ichiefu – Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant workers Symbol ~” depicts what it is like to work at the plant. The series is authored and illustrated by a former plant worker who reached their exposure maximum. A portion … Read entire article »

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US Pacific Kelp; Fukushima Radiation Testing Results

US Pacific Kelp; Fukushima Radiation Testing Results

Kelp Watch has released their first batch of testing results. The program is a mash up of university, national lab and citizen efforts to test Pacific sea kelp for radiation. The main focus is on cesium contamination but also has been screening for natural sources of radiation. This first batch of test results are considers a “control” set. This establishes the radiation readings considered to be before any Fukushima related radiation would make it to the … Read entire article »

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Japan Radiation Embargoed Food List

Japan Radiation Embargoed Food List

The Japanese government has been wooing the media with claims that all the contamination in the food supply has miraculously just gone away. This is of course not exactly what is going on. Some food products have been able to lower contamination levels by modifying farming tactics, but this has been a very limited set of circumstances. What is not mentioned is how many foods are still being held back from sale and that they … Read entire article »

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US Coalition Call In To Congress Day, Demand Fukushima Food Testing

US Coalition Call In To Congress Day, Demand Fukushima Food Testing

A coalition of groups and the Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network are asking people to call, write or email Congress today to demand effective and transparent testing of the food supply for radiation contamination. More information about the national call in day today (April 10, 2014) can be found here at https://www.facebook.com/RADSrBAD2EAT Congressional contacts can be found here: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml FFAN has been pushing for the FDA to use a more scientifically sound “intervention level” for radioactive contamination in the US food … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Is Here! Contamination Found Off Vancouver Coast

Fukushima Is Here! Contamination Found Off Vancouver Coast

Scientists from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography have found levels of cesium in sea water off the Vancouver Canada coast that can be attributed to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The levels are low, but the presence of cesium 134 confirms the contamination to be from Fukushima Daiichi. They cited the levels as such: “less than one becquerel per cubic metre of water ” Recent readings off the US coast did not find traces of cesium 134 in their … Read entire article »

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Living With Radiation In Japan

Living With Radiation In Japan

Local food coops that carefully select and test their food have become a go-to source for people concerned about contamination in the food supply. Food vendors that source from safer regions or direct from farm sales from these safer areas have become popular ways to compensate for the uncertainty in the food supply. This non profit called Project Food is sourcing foods from safer areas, testing them then offering them for sale. They recently sent some … Read entire article »

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23 Tbq Water Leak At Fukushima Caused By Multiple Human Errors

23 Tbq Water Leak At Fukushima Caused By Multiple Human Errors

100 tons of water leaked from a contaminated water tank at Fukushima Daiichi after workers incorrectly aligned valves. They then ignored the alarm that alerted them to a tank that was not supposed to be filling, had overfilled. After the tank spilled out over the top flange the water then leaked out through a failure in the water weir that is supposed to catch any leaks. This water is highly radioactive water left over from … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Brings New Awareness Of Contaminated Food Worldwide

Fukushima Brings New Awareness Of Contaminated Food Worldwide

The concerns about food contamination from Fukushima has also increased awareness of the lingering problems of world wide food contamination from various sources. Fukushima was not the first major radiation release to the environment. Atomic testing in the Pacific contributed to considerable amounts of radioactive contamination of the sea that can still be found in sea life today. Chernobyl contaminated a wide swath of Europe and Russia, this contamination is still routinely found in foods … Read entire article »

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New Independent Fukushima Food Contamination Results

New Independent Fukushima Food Contamination Results

People in Japan early on realized they needed to take things into their own hands if they wanted to know the conditions around them and what their risk factors were. Citizen labs have been set up in Japan to allow people to test their own food. These labs were modeled after the labs set up in Europe after Chernobyl. This has provided an independent confirmation against government testing and a more diverse set of readings. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Fish Tales; US Fish Marketing Deceptive To Consumers

Fukushima Fish Tales; US Fish Marketing Deceptive To Consumers

This article is a good example of the motivations and biases in play related to Fukushima food contamination in North America. The article from an Alaska fishing promotion group proclaims “Alaska Fish Factor: Seafood Free of Radiation Following Fukushima“. Since that is simply not true it caught people’s attention. First, fish in the Pacific has been showing up with low levels of radiation even before Fukushima due to the long lived left overs from Pacific atomic testing. … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Tries To Sell Failed Bypass System Again

TEPCO Tries To Sell Failed Bypass System Again

In an unexplained change of plans TEPCO and the Japanese govt. are back to trying to sell the fishing groups and the public on their plan to use a failed water bypass system. In late 2013 IRID directed TEPCO and the Japanese govt to begin work on a wide scale bypass project that would create diversion wells far outside the plant grounds. This would reroute groundwater before it has a chance to flow into the plant … Read entire article »

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Alaska & Washington Salmon Tested For Radiation

Alaska & Washington Salmon Tested For Radiation

A Seattle fish company had some of their fish privately tested in late 2013. With all the US government agencies refusing to test anything and growing consumer anxiety due to the lack of information, Loki Fish company paid for private testing. This is some of the only North American seafood testing done. While the current findings of these limited samples is somewhat good news, more testing is needed to have a better understanding of the situation … Read entire article »

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Taiwan Activists Want Lower Food Radiation Levels, Show Loophole In System

Taiwan Activists Want Lower Food Radiation Levels, Show Loophole In System

Activists in Taiwan are trying to further lower the allowed level of radioactive contamination in food allowed for sale in the country. The current standard is 370 bq/kg, set soon after the Chernobyl disaster. There is a push to lower it to 100 bq/kg the same as Japan’s. The loophole pointed out is that Taiwan may already have a somewhat lower standard compared to other countries but actual testing results are not disclosed. In Hong Kong … Read entire article »

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More Cesium 137 Found In Gourmet & Organic European Jam Brands

More Cesium 137 Found In Gourmet & Organic European Jam Brands

Have some cesium 137 with your toast. Most people assume that organic jam or even better yet, European gourmet or organic (bio)  jam would be a good option for quality and safety. In some respects that appears to be true but many of these high cost European jams have an unexpected surprise, cesium 137. (Contaminated brands being sold in the US & Canada included towards the end with photos) The Environmental Institute in Munich Germany produced a report in … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Water Found Deep Beneath Unit 4

Radioactive Water Found Deep Beneath Unit 4

TEPCO announced today that contaminated water was found in deep groundwater 25 meters (82 feet) below the unit 4 reactor well. NHK reported this but did not elaborate how TEPCO had tapped a well so deep beneath the building. “In a water sample taken on Tuesday of last week, 6.7 becquerels per liter of Cesium 137 and 89 becquerels per liter “ Unit 4 was under maintenance to replace the shroud at the time of the disaster … Read entire article »

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US Group Calls For Radiation Monitoring Of Food Supply

US Group Calls For Radiation Monitoring Of Food Supply

A US grassroots group is urging the public to support a set of efforts to improve food monitoring in the US against radioactive contamination. The fallout from Fukushima that fell on the US and that which has been crossing the Pacific has been an area of concern with residents of the US and Canada. Government agencies have declared the issue to be a “non-issue” and either have opted to do no testing or rely on premature … Read entire article »

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Radiation Monitoring For US/Canada Food Added

Radiation Monitoring For US/Canada Food Added

We have added a page to our site that compiles results of independent food testing for the US and Canada. There has been no centralized testing in the US or Canada since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. While what has been found so far is fairly low compared to what is being found in some parts of Japan, additional more widespread testing is needed to fully understand the situation. See the results here. http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?page_id=11724 If you know of independent … Read entire article »

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US Pacific Coast Seaweed Shows With Fukushima Cesium Contamination

US Pacific Coast Seaweed Shows With Fukushima Cesium Contamination

New testing done by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering found Fukushima cesium in US Pacific sea weed. The samples were standardized against a known amount of cesium 137 and cobalt 60. The finding of cesium 134 would indicate this is at least partially from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. “Washington State Pacific coast eel weed sample contained 0.22 pCi/g of Cs134 and 0.24 pCi/g of Cs137.  It also contained 0.1 pCi/g of Co60” These values converted to … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Fish Testing Shows Narrow Fantasy View Of Situation

Fukushima Fish Testing Shows Narrow Fantasy View Of Situation

Japanese media declared how fishing that resumed south of Fukushima Daiichi has been largely a “success”. Fishing done near Iwaki City to the south was declared all safe and sent to market. “They returned before noon with 1.3 tons of catch including octopus, hairy crab and a local specialty fish. Fishery officials took samples and tested them for radioactivity. They say no radioactive materials were detected.” “Iwaki fishermen will catch only eight types of seafood at a depth … Read entire article »

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Yoshinoya Fast Food Chain To Grow Rice & Vegetables In Fukushima To “Secure Low Price”

Yoshinoya Fast Food Chain To Grow Rice & Vegetables In Fukushima To “Secure Low Price”

Japan fast food chain Yoshinoya will grow rice and vegetables in Fukushima prefecture. They touted the change as helping reconstruction but the farm site is 80km from the disaster area. The company of course says they will radiation test food they grow for radiation but provided no details about acceptable levels or transparency. The company also cited the low cost of growing food in Fukushima as a motivating factor. “Yoshinoya said in a statement, adding the … Read entire article »

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FDA’s Dual Messages Show Lying To Public On Fukushima Contamination In Food

FDA’s Dual Messages Show Lying To Public On Fukushima Contamination In Food

The FDA’s mantra since 2011 to the concerned public about Fukushima contamination in the food supply has been “don’t worry”. They have declared no need to test US Pacific fish or most imports. What the FDA is telling the general public through the media and what is going on behind the scenes is quite different. The FDA has made this public statement:  “To date, no evidence that radionuclides from the Fukushima incident are present in the U.S. … Read entire article »

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South Korea Expands Japanese Food Ban To 50 Products

South Korea has expanded their ban of food from northeast Japan to 50 products. They are also urging consumers to check the origin labels on processed foods. Green leafy vegetables were added to the list on top of fish from the region that was banned recently. Government and consumer groups have made increased warnings to consumers in South Korea. One group cited that 7 tons of Fukushima fish were imported to their country in the span of one week in August. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Puts Contaminated Soybeans To Market

10 tons of soybeans were sent to market from Date City, Fukushima prefecture. All of the samples listed show contamination. Bags over 100 bq/kg were not shipped, any bag under that level was cleared to ship. 26 of the 360 bags were held back for being over limit. The total cesium found is the furthest right column. The two reports do not clarify if any of the released soybeans from the area were found without contamination. It also did not say where they would be going to. Sources: http://merx.me/archives/35946 http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/feature/eq2011/information/20130619-OYT8T00331.htm    This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this … Read entire article »

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Govt Food Testing In Japan Shows Food Roulette Still Exists

Asahi Shimbun recently promoted a sort of “all clear” on food consumption in Fukushima. The claim was that meals were one fifth as contaminated as they were one year ago. There are a number of things wrong with this statement. Looking at meals rather than ingredients is quite vague. It does not indicate where the food was sourced from or the type of ingredients in the meal. The changes could be due to lower radiation, better selection by the residents, a shift to safer ingredients or all of the above. What we have found to be critical to what is or is not contaminated are three factors. Location, where did the food come from. The proximity to the plant and radiation plumes and also the ongoing migration of contamination through rivers … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Rice To Be Bought By Govt., Mixed Into Japan’s Rice Reserves

Japan’s national government will buy up 40,000 tons of Fukushima rice, including rice from the evacuation zones (as long as it passes the 100bq/kg limit for radiation). This rice will be mixed with rice from other regions in Japan and resold as rice reserves. The reserve rice is put back into the market when there is a shortage or by request from food companies. This effectively makes all rice in Japan starting this fall suspect for radiation along with any food product made from it such as rice crackers, sake etc. Consumers won’t have an easy way to avoid contaminated rice unless they are able to buy rice or rice products with a documented provenience from the farmer to manufacturer. Making matters worse, Japan has strict limits on rice importation. Rice imports … Read entire article »

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Contaminated Rice Piles Up, Veggies From The Evacuation Zone And Over Limit Towns Reopen

Officials have lifted the farming ban from Tamura, an area that has been part of the evacuation zone until recently. At least two farmers are planning on planting crops. The radiation levels in Tamura are lower than in Koriyama and Fukushima City but they are still significant. Most of Tamura is over the 1mSv/year threshold for exposure set by ICRP and being used as a benchmark in Japan. Using the range of readings taken today from the monitoring equipment in Tamura we calculated the radiation levels below. The high range and the average radiation ranges put the annual exposure over the ICRP limit. The lowest readings come in just below the ICRP limit. It is also known and admitted by MEXT that the radiation stations read below the actual radiation levels … Read entire article »

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Rumor Still Blamed For Fukushima Food Problems

“Harmful rumor” is still being blamed for the economic problems among food producers in Fukushima. Prices have not recovered and most grocery stores refuse to stock the products. The government continues to blame rumors but the reality shows it is more an issue of consumer distrust and differing levels of what is acceptable. The government considered 100 bq/kg to be an acceptable level. The public wants no radiation contamination in their food and distrusts the government system as either inaccurate or too high. Even though some foods are testing with no contamination at all in certain parts of Fukushima the public isn’t buying. The root of this may be the distrust built over the last two years through repeated government assurances of safety only to later find out a product was … Read entire article »

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Radiation Contamination In US Food Supply

This has been known to those closely following the issue since 2011. It isn’t just about the contamination of domestic foods in the US but the purposely lax US standards that encourage the US food market to be a dumping ground for foods too contaminated to be allowed elsewhere. Cindy Folkers from Beyond Nuclear explains the details of how the US system both ignores and downplays the issue and why everyone in the US should be concerned. Video presentation at the Caldicott Symposium archive. Click on Cindy’s listing in the program to jump to her presentation. A copy of the presentation on Youtube (with some edits by the poster) This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted … Read entire article »

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Multiple Highly Radioactive Fish Found At Fukushima Daiichi

It wasn’t just Mike the Murasai found to be highly radioactive. Other fish tested by TEPCO from the plant area were found to be very radioactive. Other fish found in the harbor had high contamination: Rockfish 140,000 bq/kg combined cesium. Rockfish 49,000 bq/kg combined cesium. Rockfish 15,500 bq/kg combined cesium. Jacopever 101,000 bq/kg combined cesium. Greenling20.300 bq/kg combined cesium. Greenling 40,000 bq/kg combined cesium. The lowest fish found in the harbor was 770 bq/kg combined cesium. There were also a variety of over limit species found around the region where TEPCO is testing. TEPCO’s report: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/f1/smp/2013/images/fish_130118-e.pdf This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any … Read entire article »

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Cesium Food Roulette

TEPCO earlier tried to explain away highly contaminated fish in the region as having escaped from the harbor at the plant. TEPCO recently took measures to make sure fish do no escape from the harbor. A rockfish pulled out of the harbor recently had 254,000 Bq/kg of cesium when tested by TEPCO. Ex-SKF provided a translation of journalist Ryuichi Kino’s reporting of the TEPCO press conference and mentioned this relation to the contaminated fish: “If one eats 200 gram of fish, one gets 0.8 millisievert radiation exposure.” Apple juice pulled from a retail store in Iwate was found to have 4.1 bq/kg of cesium. Another bottle of the same drink was found contaminated also. It isn’t clear how the juice became contaminated. This also isn’t the only instance of random highly contaminated food found … Read entire article »

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Rice In Miyagi Found Double Radiation Limit

Rice grown on a farm in Kurihara Miyagi last year was found to contain 240 bq/kg of cesium. The finding caused the government to request all bags of rice from that area be checked rather than spot checks. Beef in Miyagi was recently found to be over the legal limit and a variety of food & environmental readings in 2012 showed the extent of contamination in the prefecture. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish … Read entire article »

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Contaminated Foods Found In Aizumisato Fukushima

The good news first, most of the routine garden produce like tomatoes, apples and cabbage showed with no detectable radiation. AizuMisato sits in the further west region of Fukushima. Where the radiation contamination was showing up frequently was in soybeans, autumn buckwheat, shiitake mushrooms grown indoors and a variety of wild vegetables and mushrooms. Autumn Buckwheat that showed contaminated ranged from .29 to 14.58 bq/kg Soybean that showed contaminated ranged from 5.55 to 21.16 bq/kg Koshiabura was the highest reading on the list at 166.3 bq/kg The entire list in English: Aizu Misato – emergency monitoring inspection on agricultural products2012 Original page in Japanese: http://www.town.aizumisato.fukushima.jp/11,11191,124.html Where is AizuMisato http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aizumisato,_Fukushima This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Wildlife Found In Fukushima

The Japan Ministry of Health has conducted testing on wildlife that are commonly hunted in Fukushima. Pheasants, ducks, wild boar and bears all were found with internal radiation contamination high enough their meat would not pass the radiation limits on food. Bears tested had a combined cesium level of  170 bq/kg in one, 460 bq/kg in the other. Wild boar tested had combined cesium levels of between 79 to 1900 bq.kg. 13 boar were tested and all were contaminated. Pheasants had combined cesium levels of  37 to 370 bq/kg. 8 pheasants were tested and all were contaminated. Ducks had combined cesium levels of 17 to 4000 bq/kg. 4 ducks were tested and all were contaminated. The test results in Japanese can be found here. English translations are posted below. The government has also issued a large … Read entire article »

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Chiba Food Testing Shows Ongoing Contamination

Recent food testing results for Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo showed certain foods with detectable radiation. Foods found with contamination include: Yuzu (citrus) Mandarin (assuming they mean the oranges) Kiwi Fruit While other foods tested showed no contamination such as cabbage and spinach but those were tested with less frequency. The yuzu fruit seemed to be almost universally contaminated. One of the yuzu had 110 bq/kg of cesium. Chiba is about 200 miles (320km) from Fukushima This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If … Read entire article »

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Cesium Over Limit In Miyagi Beef

Beef sent to Tokyo for processing was found to be over the limit of 150 bq/kg. The beef was from Miyagi Prefecture, north of Fukushima. This area is generally claimed to be safe yet we frequently find contamination in food and the environment reported in this region. Japan recently announced they would be shipping Fukushima beef to restaurants in the US without details how or if it would be tested by either country or what limits would be used. The US intervention level is 1000 bq/kg, double the Japanese emergency levels of 500 bq/kg. Farmers in Japan have largely been left with no assistance. The central government has opted for shoving contaminated products through the food system rather than widespread compensation for impacted farms. This article would not be possible without the extensive … Read entire article »

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High Cesium Contamination In Pacific Fish Off Fukushima

NHK is reporting fish with 38,000 bq/kg of cesium caught 1km off the coast of Minamisoma. Minamisoma is outside the 20km evacuation zone. This contamination was found in rock trout.  TEPCO has also found 25,800 bq/kg of cesium in greenling fish. These levels are hundreds of times higher than the current limit for fish to be allowed up for sale. Some seafood such as octopus have been showing with little or no contamination consistently and have been put up for sale on a trial basis. The ongoing seafood testing has shown a more complex pattern where some fish have levels of cesium drop while others continue to go up or stay at very elevated rates. The cesium is not diluting away but is instead appear to be concentrating in certain species. This … Read entire article »

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More Fishy Problems In Japan

Fish and seafood contamination after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster continues to be a problem. It certainly has not gone away as some claimed it would as the world watched the nuclear meltdowns leak into the sea. The contamination did not just impact fish in the ocean. Fish in rivers and bodies of water have been found to have increasing levels of contamination. Fallout washes away and ends up in rivers contaminating fresh water fish and river sediment. Landlocked salmon in Tochigi, far outside the evacuation zone was banned from sale after being found with cesium in excess of 100 bq/kg. How much over is not declared. Pacific cod from Aomori prefecture has been pulled from sale twice due to being over limit of contamination. Certain areas have fishing bans after too much … Read entire article »

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New Foods In Japan & Abroad Showing Contamination

Kelloggs breakfast cereal in Japan was found to have 19.71 bq/kg of cesium. The product is 40% Japanese wheat and 60% US rice. Radioactive oatmeal was found on store shelves in Hong Kong. The oats originated from Hokkaido, a location thought to have been largely spared fallout. The exported oatmeal had 7 bq/kg of cesium. The oatmeal has not been pulled from stores and international standards put the limit it food at 1000 bq/kg before sale is banned internationally. Even more concerning, the Center for Food Safety in Hong Kong tested a number of foods imported from Japan. All of them show as contaminated with cesium from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Tests from 2011 showed foods contaminated with iodine 131 were being imported to Hong Kong. In 2012 tea from Japan consistently … Read entire article »

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Contamination Rampant In Miyagi Prefecture

Little attention has been played to Miyagi prefecture in relation to the nuclear disaster in Japan. It is well publicized that the area took a major hit from the Tsunami and much rebuilding will be needed. What has been less clear is the actual level of contamination from the nuclear accident. Reports from the prefecture government largely show low or no levels of contamination. SPEEDI records released this year show considerable radioactive plume and deposition over Miyagi prefecture around March 20th. http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/ja/contents/5000/4813/24/1305748_0316_08.pdf Yet the official air readings in Miyagi prefecture show incredibly low levels of contamination. It has been mentioned that Miyagi prefecture’s monitoring equipment is 80m off the ground, we have not been able to confirm this claim but it could explain the difference between the air counts and what is actually being … Read entire article »

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California Produce Showing Up With Fukushima Radiation

Security Tokyo has tested two sets of imported foods from California and found low levels of cesium 134. Due to the short half life of cesium 134 the source could be identified as fallout from Fukushima Daiichi being found in California produce. University of California Berkeley found some fallout in food products in 2011 but stopped testing soon after. Security Tokyo found 0.08 Bq / kg of cesium 134, 0.11 Bq / kg of cesium 137 for a total of .19 bq/kg of cesium in California prunes. .07 bq/kg of cesium 134 and .10 bq/kg of cesium 137 was found in California almonds. While the amounts are low they do show that food production in the US has been impacted by the nuclear disaster in Japan. How widespread this kind of contamination is deserves honest … Read entire article »

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