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No radiation in fish? Doubt it

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011

Mommy! Look. My plate is glowing.

What's the best way to entice the population to continue eating seafood that is contaminated with radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster? Don't test it for radiation! The Food and Drug Administration stated that it would not be testing Alaskan fish for radiation contamination because "the ocean is so huge" ... and "there is no realistic threat."

What, salmon don't swim? Some salmon migrate nearly to the end of the Aleutians then circle back. Tuna and other Pacific varieties skirt Japan where they feed before moving into the North Pacific. And who knows what is drifting under the surface toward halibut grounds? Does the FDA somehow believe Alaskan salmon just spend their whole lives chilling off the Kenai Peninsula?

Next time you pick up floats, netting, or junk written in Japanese, think that the salmon are feeding on organisms in a food chain that begins along the shores of Japan. Why isn't the FDA testing the salmon? Or, maybe they are. Hmmmm? Cover-up anybody?

Norm Olson, Nikiski



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