Emergency: Highly radioactive fish caught near Fukushima

Food and health emergency: Highly active fish caught near Fukushima have five times the radiation levels of dangerous cesium.

Radioactive cesium, five times higher than the allowed levels in Japan, was found in black bass caught in northeastern Fukushima prefecture, according to a February 22 report from the local fishing association.

About 500 becquerels per kilogram of cesium were found in black seabass caught at a depth of 24 meters about 8.8 kilometers from Sinchi, which exceeds the national standard of 100 becquerels per kilogram.

The Federation of Cooperative Fisheries Associations of Fukushima Prefecture has since suspended the fishing and marketing of the fish until its safety is confirmed.

The voluntary suspension of a seafood shipment by a fishery organization marks the first time since October 2019 that 53 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium were found in a White Sea perch, exceeding the group’s standard of 50 becquerels per kilogram.

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