Radiation Levels in Tuna off the Oregon Coast

As reported in Russia Today, the radiation level in some tuna has tripled since the Fukushima disaster .  But researchers at  Oregon State University have been looking into this more thoroughly and have found that that level is still only 0.1 percent of the level considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

According to Delvin Neville, a graduate research assistant in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at OSU:

A year of eating albacore with these cesium traces is about the same dose of radiation as you get from spending 23 seconds in a stuffy basement from radon gas, or sleeping next to your spouse for 40 nights from the natural potassium-40 in their body …

It’s just not much at all.

As a ‘by-product’, these barely measurable amounts of radiation serve as a source for learning more about the migration patterns of the tuna.

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