Japanese Scientists Push for More Radiation Tests on Seafood Risks

"Japan’s government has to release more data from ocean radiation tests to accurately assess the contamination threat to seafood, according to a statement by the Oceanographic Society of Japan.

The government should release radiation readings in sea water that are below its minimum measurement level, because even at those low quantities the radioactive elements may pose a danger when concentrated in seafood, the group, which counts 1,860 marine scientists as its members, said yesterday.

'Depending on the species, fish have been known to accumulate as much as 100 times the amount of pollutants in the environment,'Jota Kanda, a professor at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology specializing in marine environment, said by phone yesterday"

Pavel Alpeyev reports for Bloomberg July 26, 2011.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011