The Doctors Truth or Scare: Toxic Tuna?
The 2011 nuclear eruption in Fukushima, Japan, spewed radiation from the damaged reactors, threatening public health. Years later, what does this have to do with Americans? It could affect the supply of fish from Japan, and contaminated water could be in the ocean and heading for the West Coast. Is tuna safe to eat?
Dr Travis Stork said that the leak still has not been plugged at that plant, after it was set in motion by a tsunami. Is it safe to eat fish from that part of the world? Viewers have asked The Doctors team about:
- Blue Fin Tuna
- Red Eye Herring
- Sockeye Salmon
The Drs TV: Is Tuna Safe To Eat?
Here are some fishy facts The Drs team shared about this situation.
- Infected Red Eye Herring in Canada are hemorrhaging from every orifice.
- 330 tons of radiation are spilled daily from the plant in Fukushima, Japan.
- Korea has boycotted Japanese fish, and they are using Geiger counters.
- American supermarkets are currently selling/carrying fish with levels of radiation present.
- That radiation will come to US coasts by 2014.
What does this mean for eating tuna or swimming in the ocean? The Doctors checked in with an expert for answers to these questions.
The Doctors: Are Fish from Japan Contaminated?
Nicholas Fisher, professor of marine and atmospheric sciences at Stony Brook University New York, recently studied fish from Japan, and here is what he concluded in a statement:
“…The radioactivity in the fish was clearly detectable, but only amount to about 3% above the natural radioactive background in those same fish…I and my team have concluded that there is no serious public health threat to consuming these fish….”
The Drs TV: Radiation in US Waters
Dr Travis said that this is a case of truth and scare. Dr Rachael Ross said only 1% of the fish in America come from Japan. But Dr Jim Sears is more concerned about radiation in the water affecting fish closer to America.
However, the radiation should be diluted and dissipated by the time it reaches America. Dr Sears said he saw a Japanese boat wash up on shore in Hawaii. You can also spot Japanese telephone poles in the water near the islands.
Dr Andrew Ordon said he would still go to the beach, but he was concerned for children and pregnant women on beaches if radiation levels continue to grow. As for fish intake, practice moderation in your diet, and eat plenty of vegetables.
The Doctors team agreed that mercury in fish is still a bigger concern than other sources of contamination. “Choose fish that have lower mercury levels,” Dr Stork said.