Cesium in trout 110 times over limit

Meanwhile… still going on in the background…

From the Japan Times:

A mountain trout caught in the Niida River in Fukushima Prefecture contained 11,400 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, more than 110 times above the government limit for food products, a survey by the Environment Ministry showed.

Presenting its findings Friday on cesium in fish and insects in rivers, lakes and sea in Fukushima, the ministry said it also detected 4,400 becquerels of radioactive cesium in a smallmouth bass and 3,000 becquerels in a catfish caught at the Mano Dam in Iitate.

The maximum threshold for food items is 100 becquerels per kilogram.

It is only the second time the ministry has conducted such a survey, after undertaking a study between December and this February. The first data were published in July.

“Like the previous survey, concentrations (of cesium) tended to be higher in rivers and lakes than in the sea. We want to grasp the extent of pollution by continuously conducting the survey,” a ministry official said.


Cesium in trout 110 times over limit — 6 Comments

  1. Well, the background radiation levels in Boston are higher than they are in Tokyo, so it doesn’t make sense to just leave. I certainly wouldn’t eat food from that area though.


  2. I know it because my mother and sister live in Boston and I informed them of that when they kept on saying, “Get out of there and come here!” 🙂

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