How Fukushima May Show Up In Your SushiSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 05/29/2012 - 12:30
How Fukushima May Show Up In Your Sushi
By Dan Childs
May 28, 2012 3:00pm
Those looking for evidence of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan may need search no further than their next plate of sushi, Stanford University researchers report.
The researchers tested 15 Pacific bluefin tuna that had migrated from Japan to the California coast and found that the levels of radioactive cesium in these fish were 10 times higher than those found in bluefin tuna from the years before the disaster.
Before you swear off your maguro nigiri, it's important to realize that the levels of radiation the researchers found from the cesium in the tuna were exceedingly low - about 30 times less than the amount of radiation given off by other common, naturally occurring elements in the tuna we eat.
The findings appeared Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.