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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Canadian Government minimising the risks of seafood radiation?



Physician: Canadian gov’t withholding 

testing data; “Less confident about eating 

Pacific seafood now” — Top Scientist: 

“Sense of potential widespread disaster” 






fukushima The Province, Jan. 19, 2014: “Answers to your 

questions about Fukushima radiation” Local scientific testing of 

seafood is being done [...] Oregon State University and [NOAA] 

tested 70 pounds of tuna caught off the U.S. west coast and found 

trace amounts of Fukushima radiation [...] OSU’s Delvan Neville, a 

co-investigator on the project said: “To increase their normal 

annual dosage of radiation by just one per cent, a person would 

have to eat more than 4,000 pounds of the highest (radiation) level 

albacore we’ve seen.” [This lone example of seafood testing  took 

place in 2012. Another OSU study stated, , "Radionuclides will 

gradually spread to the US West Coast waters after a suitable 

period of time, with the possibility of affecting food quality 

throughout the food web (including humans)."] Dr. Erica Frank, a 

physician and public health expert at UBC, has heard the fears 

around seafood and wishes the Canadian government would do a 

better job communicating with the public. “My assessment is that 

right now, public alarm is greater than actual public health risk,” 

she said, adding that she has been trying to get food testing data 

from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for more than a year. 

She said that after Fukushima, she feels less confident about eating 

Pacific seafood now, and has completely stopped eating any 

seafood from Asia. [Previous statements by Dr. Frank: 

1) Physician in Canada on Cancer Estimates: Epidemic of 

Fukushima radiation-related deaths from consuming Pacific 

fish? "Vast implications for human health" -- "I eat so much 

salmon... I'm vulnerable" — 2)Physician: The salmon migrate 

through radioactive plumes coming off Fukushima, then we 

catch them on Canada's shores -- Concerned about lack of 

testing -- Officials "rely on Japan for test results" (VIDEO)

The CFIA [Canadian Food Inspection Agency] conducted special 

tests in 2011 and 2012 [that] were well below action limits, 

according to the CFIA. The agency [...] has determined that further 

testing of “domestic food products for the presence of radioactive 

material is not required.” “The CFIA would take immediate action 

if it was determined that any food samples represented a potential 

health risk to consumers” [...] The Bottom Line: There is no 

discernible Fukushima-related risk in eating seafood, especially if 

it’s locally caught. [From earlier today:  Senior Scientist: Second 

radioactive plume headed to California -- "Effects of 

Fukushima will be increasing" as front edge of large water 

plume arrives -- Levels to rise for years -- "It’s a health and 

safety issue here" yet no one testing ocean (VIDEO)] “I have 

seen a paper which says that if in fact the fourth (nuclear) plant 

goes under in an earthquake and those rods are exposed, it’s bye-

bye Japan and everybody on the west coast of North America 

should evacuate,” [said Dr. David Suzuki.] [...] The David Suzuki 

Foundation says the paper Suzuki cited was the 2013 World 

Nuclear Industry Status Report. [...] [Lead author of that report, 

nuclear energy analyst Mycle Schneider] told The Province [...] 

“To be very clear, I have never seen any credible source for a 

scenario implying the evacuation of the west coast of North 

America. In fact, much of the attitude of people on the west coast 

— like no more swimming in the ocean — seems utterly 

disconnected from reality [...] I’m really, really shocked about the 

way it’s being discussed in Canada. It’s just totally insane.” [...] “I 

regret having said it, although my sense of potential widespread 

disaster remains and the need for an urgent international response 

to dealing with the spent rods at Fukushima remains,” Suzuki said. 

["No more swimming in the ocean — seems utterly disconnected 

from reality"? According to Dr. Edwin Lyman of the Union of 

Concerned Scientists: Senior Scientist on HBO: I'd worry about 

swimming in Hawaii's ocean starting in 2015 due to Fukushima 

plume (VIDEO). Lyman received praise from Tepco adviser 

Lake Barrett at 1:16:30 into this video for his ‘responsible’ 

comments about the Fukushima disaster.] When sea stars were 

found to be dying off in massive numbers off the B.C. coast, some 

were quick to point to Fukushima as a reason. “Crazy talk,” said 

Dr. Chris Mah, a sea-star expert and researcher at the Smithsonian 

National Museum of Natural History based in Washington, 

D.C. [Crazy talk? Lead Researcher: Fukushima pollution may 

be causing sea star epidemic on West Coast -- Sea urchins, sea 

cucumbers also affected -- "Something's making them 

susceptible"... "It's unlike anything we've seen"... "Populations 

go locally extinct overnight"] See also: Nuclear Engineer: It’s a 

little alerting to see this many articles downplaying Fukushima 

health effects — You have to think, why is this happening? — 

Are they going to walk away from reactors and say sorry, 

there’s nothing we can do? (VIDEO)
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