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Apr 29, 2011 06:40 PM

Is sushi safe in LA post Japan Tsunami? Radiation Concerns...

I love sushi and I am sure some other people are concerned about this too. does anyone have real knowledge about this stuff and if its safe?

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  1. Here is what one of the top fish purveyors in L.A. has to say about it:

    I would say if you have your doubts don't eat sushi, personally I have not seen anything that has caused me to worry. YMMV

    1. You have to realize that Japan is one of the most radiation-conscious nations in the world. If food was contaminated it would be detected and not sold.

      1. The fact is, quite a number of fishing vessels in the region surrounding the nuclear power plants were destroyed in the resulting tsunamis, so no fishing is taking place in the area. Initially, the government panicked and put limits on the sale of produce, but it turns out that little produce in the area has been affected, so sales bans have largely been lifted.

        1. there's really no chance of contaminated fish from Japan ending up on your plate. as Tripeler mentioned, much of the fishing industry was decimated by this tragedy. precious little food of ANY sort is being exported from there right now, and anything that does go out is rigorously monitored and screened on their end before it leaves, AND on ours before it enters the marketplace.

          article from the LAT a few weeks ago:

          1. But what about migrating fish or ocean currents? I have no idea about fish migration patterns, but currents like the North Pacific Drift definitely travel to the west coast -- wouldn't this also effectively move irradiated particles? I find it hard to believe that radiation could be kept within Japan when the ocean is constantly moving...

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            1. re: edgarallanho

              To state that the Pacific is vast and enormous would be no exaggeration. It is roughly over seven times the volume of the Atlantic plus the connecting seas if my memory serves me correctly. What seems to us as a large amount of radioactive runoff is almost infinitesimal relative to the Pacific. And as currents and gyres go, remember that they pick up and drop off massive volumes of water and what ever floats along with it - there's a fair amount of exchange between the water movement and its adjacent areas. It is this exact movement(s) of water that lets biologists and health officials sleep a little better at night.

              I'm not sure what migratory sea life comb the waters off of the immediate affected area, but I do recall hearing and reading reports that the concern for radioactively contaminated sea life was more to do with the local more stationary sea life (mollusks, bottom dwellers, endemic species, etc.).