Is radiation in imported seafood from near Japan a real risk? If so, when would the tainted seafood be expected to arrive in America?



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    The FDA has actually halted the importing of Japanese dairy and produce for this very reason, though they may be sold after screening. Seafood and other foods imported from Japan have not been detained and will still be sold in the US, but not before intensive screening themselves.

    The World Health Organization has also advised the Japanese government and public to ensure the safety of their food before allowing it to be sold domestically or internationally.

    In general though, the FDA believes the US to be at low risk for significantly contaminated foods, with only a slightly higher risk for those in Japan as well. Radiation has been detected in foods, but not to what they say would yield a dangerous amount. Still, Japan and the US are taking cautionary measures.

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    Many governments have heightened radiation checks on food imported from Japan, but have yet to ban the imports entirely.  As of March 19, Japan’s health ministry announced that illegally high levels of radioactive substance were found in samples of milk and spinach produced in areas within 110 kilometers of the Fukushima nuclear plant.  The ministry stated that the levels found in the food were not substansial enough to have an “immediate affect human health.” 

    As for seafood imports, reports have yet to surface of any contamination in fish from nearby Japan. 

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    I wouldn’t trust the FDA or ar any other Government agency; they can’t even prevent the sale of fish oil capsules tainted with mercury! My advice is to stay safe and order farm raised fish ONLY from the US and buy Organic flaxseed oil instead of FISH oil capsules. Also, urge the US government to monitor water contamination more closely.

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