Elevated Cesium Levels in Tuna Surprising, But No Cause for AlarmPosted by Santa Monica Admin, on May 29th, 2012 in Announcements
We’ve been hearing some concerns from an article that ran yesterday in the LA Times and other national news sources about radioactive bluefin tuna, and we want to reassure you that all the tuna that we source is safe.
According to the article in the LA Times,
Pacific bluefin tuna carried radioactivity from Japan’s 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster all the way across the ocean to the shores of California, scientists reported Monday.
They didn’t bring much — the levels were far lower than, for instance, levels of naturally occurring potassium 40 that have existed in the ocean for centuries — but the radioactivity was enough to survive the fishes’ migration east to North America from the Western Pacific, which they undertake when they’re around a year old, said doctoral student Daniel Madigan, who studies the migration patterns of tuna at Stanford University.
The article itself states “The elevated Cesium levels came as a surprise to scientists, but still fall far below governmental safe-to-eat limits.“ So although scientists find the presence of Cesium in tuna somewhat surprising, it does not pose a health hazard to those people choosing to consume bluefin.
Although we do not carry bluefin, we assure you that consumption of other tuna species still remains a healthy choice for you and your customers. We’ll keep an eye on the story and update you as we learn more.