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Could You be Eating Radioactive Tuna?
One of the most common contaminants in nuclear fission reactors, radio cesium, was found in Pacific Bluefin tuna. This is to be expected since this species migrates across the Pacific Ocean in search of food.
Although technically the radioactive levels that have been found in fish are below what government officials say is dangerous, the presence of radio cesium in fish caught off the California coast shows just how bad this disaster has been and how far it has travelled.
Cesium is not safe but officials claim that the levels of this contaminant are low enough that we should not be concerned. This coming from the same people who say that the mercury and aluminum in vaccines is also not dangerous.
Back in Japan, about 40 percent of the bottom feeding fish that were pulled from the waters near the damaged nuclear plant tested positive with very h8igh levels of Cesium contamination.
Luckily, the Japanese government has banned the sale, both domestically and internationally, of fish that have been caught close the site of the Fukushima disaster.
The only good news about this disaster is that this means that the Bluefin tuna, a species that has been overfished for years, might have a chance at recovery. Most restaurants in Japan are no longer serving tuna fish and hopefully consumers in America will also shy away from this fish for a few years. This might help the species to recover and breed again, increasing their numbers in the next 20 years.
As they say, a word to the wise is sufficient. At this time, you should avoid all seafood, especially tuna fish, which is caught from the Pacific Ocean until further notice.