Health risk looms as Pacific seafood accumulates radioactive poisoning
After Japanese Prime Minister declared the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe under control Friday, Japan's The Asahi Shimbun newspaper released calculations Monday showing at least 462 trillion becquerels of radioactive strontium have leaked into the Pacific Ocean since Fukushima's No. 1 nuclear power plant catastrophe began, making it one of the world's most severe marine pollution cases in history. According to Greenpeace independent research, Government and retailors are not adequately protecting the public from dangerous radioactive contaminated Pacific seafood, still sold unlabeled in Japan and on the international market, including to the United States due to a secret pact between Secretary Clinton and the Japanese Prime Minister.
"At least 462 trillion becquerels of radioactive strontium have leaked to the Pacific Ocean since the March disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, making it one of the world's most severe such cases of marine pollution, according to calculations by The Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
Because Strontium accumulates in bones and can cause bone cancer and leukemia, health experts have called for extensive surveys on the amount of leaked strontium so measures can be developed to manage the problem.
"Because strontium exists with cesium, and its volume is estimated to be less than 10 percent of that of cesium, few surveys have been done to gauge the volume of strontium in marine life."
The Fisheries Agency is conducting a sampling survey to assess accumulated radioactive materials in marine life.
Reports previously stating that radioactivity in seafood is low are dangerously misleading according to Satoshi Katayama, a professor of marine resources ecology at Tohoku University.
Katayama explained, "Strontium easily accumulates in creatures, even if its concentration level is low."
Last month, Greenpeace's Japan Oceans Campaigner Wakao Hanaoka, took seafood samples from five supermarket chains - Aeon, Ito Yokado, Uny (Apita), Daiei and Seiyu - [DW1] as featured in the first round of research, taking 15 samples from each. Of the 75 samples, radioactive cesium 134 and 137 were detected in 27.
"There was no company whose products were not contaminated," Greenpeace reported.
"Despite being below these limits, the contaminated seafood still represents a health risk, particularly for pregnant women and children, and it is putting those far beyond Fukushima at risk as the seafood is shipped to supermarkets far and wide."
Greenpeace reports that Japan’s seafood is not being labeled so having no idea if it has been screened, consumers are unable to make informed decisions about their seafood purchases.
In August, Deborah Dupré reported that "the US government has deliberately minimized the catastrophe, partially due to a pact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed with Japan."
"In April, the month after the powerful tsunami and earthquake crippled Japan including its nuclear power plant, 'Hillary Clinton signed a pact with Japan that she agreed there is no problem with Japanese food supply and we will continue to buy them so we are not sampling food coming in from Japan,' according to [Arnie] Gundersen."
Contrary to what the Japanese Prime Minister has declared, the government's Japan Atomic Energy Commission has said it will take over 30 years to decommission the Fukushima reactors.
The Japanese government has been hiding bodies according to Yoichi Shimatzu, former editor of Japan Times last month who also revealed on Rense Radio that government is not reporting number of deaths by nuclear radiation.
Friday, December 16, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda declared Japan's worst nuclear accident has been brought under control.