Radiation traces discovered in West Coast albacore tuna

October 26, 2012, 2:14 pm

Scientists are claiming they have discovered traces of radiation in US West Coast albacore tuna caused by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster last year.

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers announced on Oct.24 however that the amount of radiation is far too small to harm people who eat the fish.

Researchers noted that people are exposed to low levels of radiation daily from household objects, such as microwaves or computer monitors. A consumer would need to eat 4,000 pounds of tuna in a year with the highest radiation levels for his or her exposure to rise 1% for the year, the OSU team said.

The research team collected and tested fish caught off the West Coast before and after the March 2011 accident.

“We're still processing new fish, but so far the radiation we're detecting is far below the level of concern for human safety," said Delvan Neville, a graduate researcher with OSU's Radiation Health Physics program, in a statement.

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