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Fukushima Seafood makes way to market after nuclear disaster

After the nuclear disaster last year, from the Fkushima sea coast seafood was captured, tested for radiation levels and was available for sale last Monday.

According to the Fukushima Prefectural (state) fishing cooperative, initially Octopus and whelk- a kind of marine snail, have been selected because testing for radioactive cesium consistently measured no detectable amounts. These were caught on Friday and boiled to last longer and tested for radiation before making their way to the market.

The octopus and snail were selling at almost half the market rate at which they were sold before the nuclear disaster. Flounder, sea bass and other fishes can’t be sold yet because of contamination. It is still unclear when these will be approved for sale as they exceed the limit of radiation set by the government. The Japan government is testing for radioactive iodine as well, but its half-life is shorter than cesium and thus is less worrisome.

Entire towns were contaminated by the radiation leaking from Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, where three reactors went into meltdowns.

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  1. June 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Very interesting, I love Japan but I question the way their media covered the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima meltdown. From what I saw there, I don’t think I’d eat the food coming from there. I wrote an article while I was there last summer about what was going on around me.

    http://caseykurlander.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/japanese-media-one-year-ago/

    Casey

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