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Record high cesium level found in fish by Fukushima plant

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High cesium level found in fish by Fukushima plant

Isn't "high" a wee bit of an understatement????? I think 1,000 times the legal limit qualifies for a little more than "high". How about "record"? Or "atronomical"?

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Is anyone actually surprised by this "news"?

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Some experts speculate that radioactive water may be seeping from the plant into the ocean

Other experts don't need to speculate.

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Most fish along the Fukushima coast are barred from market

That's why they are landed elsewhere. We're not buying fish from anywhere near here (Miyagi); we buy fish from Kyushu, or overseas.

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Don't buy any fish that merely say 'Japan' and/or 'Pacific Ocean' and don't clearly state the prefecture. They're likely the fish that are 'banned from market'.

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@smithinjapan--thanks "Don't buy any fish that merely say 'Japan' and/or 'Pacific Ocean' and don't clearly state the prefecture. They're likely the fish that are 'banned from market."--word up!

and beware of this food in restuarants....and rice or any othe food stuffs cdoming out of that region.....

dont let em sneak for profit by any means necessary on the consumers...tourist or would be tourist be extremely mindful of this...perplexity here...

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Well, if there's a bright side in all this, it's that this is a Japanese record.

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smithinjapan:

Don't buy any fish that merely say 'Japan' and/or 'Pacific Ocean' and don't clearly state the prefecture. They're likely the fish that are 'banned from market'.

I would agree with you unless it was effectively impossible. If you truly care about not eating irradiated food, it would probably be best not to eat anything from here all. Even so, how can you trust importers, food companies, etc to label everything correctly?

If you ever fancy doing some earing in restaurants, izakaya or the likes, it gets even trickier as you have no chance whatsover to know from where they buy their produce.

All in all, it's pretty hopeless.

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Most fish along the Fukushima coast are barred from market.

Yes, the ones that don't make it to the market...

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What the article fails to point out is that this fish was caught inside the fenced oft section adjacent to the plant, which is fenced off precisely for this reason. There is no way this sort of fish would be considered for sale for consumption.

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herefornowMar. 18, 2013 - 07:54AM JST

I think 1,000 times the legal limit qualifies for a little more than "high".

That's only because you've taken a sample size of 1 when the population is well over 1 million. If you look at the actual sampling data, the geometric mean of the data actually shows the fish are well within legal limits in most parts of the world. Of course there are two exceptions that, while in themselves are concerning, do not actually represent the population that was sampled.

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Don't worry everything is allright, David (Abe9000)

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Simple buy a giegercounter and take it shopping might get a supprise what else is contaminated.

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... what...

my diet for the past year consisted of a lot of fish cuz I was told it was safe now. How long does it take for these symptoms to appear. Should I get myself checked?

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Should I get myself checked?

Sure. But only if you've been eating fish that was caught inside the reactor's fenced-in area.

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Yes, good thing this fish is just one in a million. A bad apple, so to speak. Plus it was caught in the confines of the plant, hemmed in by nets, not in the ocean.

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Ron BarnesMar. 18, 2013 - 08:18PM JST

Simple buy a giegercounter and take it shopping might get a supprise what else is contaminated.

Everything from everywhere including the people will beep. That's because nobody in the scientific community uses garbage like geiger counters for isotope measurement, since everything is radioactive above the "legal limit" from natural sources. You need a calibrated scintillator to measure the contamination levels that might be found in a store.

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