What Fukishima Radiation Means For Your Seafood
There are many concerns about the effects of radiation on Pacific seafood after the 2011 Japanese earthquake. Read on for the results of recent tests and what it means for you and your family
We should be concerned about the food we consume. An average grocery store's supply chain is so murky that it's near impossible for the average consumer to determine under the florescent lights how old seafood is, where it was harvested, or how many middlemen have handled the seafood.
There are a lot of questions to be asked, but at i love blue sea, we believe that the benefits of a seafood-rich diet are worth making the effort. By sourcing directly from the fisherman and producer, we ask those questions to ensure traceability, sustainability, and quality for the seafood you eat.
Above all, the safety of our product is important to us and our producers. We rely on studies and testing done by governmental and independent third parties to inform what is offered on ilovebluesea.com. By regularly tracking these studies and tests, we are confidant that the seafood we offer is not only safe, but the best option for consumers.
The earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 caused significant damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, causing global alarm at how it would affect our oceans and our health. Testing by scientists from the Nuclear Regulatory Committee (NRC) concludes that even at 20 miles off the coast of Japan, the amounts of radiation are far below the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for drinking water. Testing of Pacific tuna determined that one standard serving of the fish had the same radiation as one twentieth of a banana. (Forbes, PNAS)
Several Pacific Coast producers have undergone testing to make sure that their products were above standards to be considered safe. We're proud that our Pacific seafood passed with flying colors. Here's the results:
- Loki Fish Co: "All seven stocks of salmon were tested...and show no indications of elevated radiation levels." (Full post here)
- Alaska Weathervane Scallops: Alaskan seafood has been cleared as 100% safe by the FDA and Alaskan Department of Environmental Conservation.
- American Tuna - "No detectable amounts of radiation since the beginning of the sampling periods [early 2011]." (Find report here)
With all the misinformation floating around the media, we want to make sure that the truth rings loud and clear. The situation at Fukushima could've been a lot worse. Incidents like this, along with the chemical spill at Elk River, West Virginia, reminds us how quickly human error can compromise our natural resources. We hope these incidents empower us to take the necessary steps to prevent future accidents. Our oceans and our health rely on it.
We practice what we preach, and we eat what we sell. Moving into 2014, we are excited to bring you seafood from the best fishermen and producers in the country.