via undercurrentnews.com / April 29, 2014 / Scientists claim to have found slightly elevated levels of radioactivity in US West Coast albacore tuna caused by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, according to Oregon State University (OSU).
Researchers from OSU said in new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology the increase of radiation has been minute.
In fact, it would be needed to consume more than 700,000 pounds of the fish with the highest radioactive level – just to match the amount of radiation the average person is annually exposed to in everyday life through cosmic rays, the air, the ground, X-rays and other sources, the study says.
“You can’t say there is absolutely zero risk because any radiation is assumed to carry at least some small risk,” Delvan Neville, lead author on the study at OSU said.
“But these trace levels are too small to be a realistic concern,” Neville added.
A total of 26 Pacific albacore caught off the coast between 2008 and 2012 were studied to give a comparison between pre-Fuskushima and post-Fukushima radiation levels.