April 29, 2014
Radiation in some albacore tuna caught off the Oregon coast tripled after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan, a new study from Oregon State University shows.
Still, those levels were a thousand times lower than the maximum safe level set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“You can’t say there is absolutely zero risk because any radiation is assumed to carry at least some small risk,” said the study’s lead author, Delvan Neville, a graduate research assistant in OSU’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics. “But these trace levels are too small to be a realistic concern.”