Radioactivity exceeding safety limits has been detected in fish and spinach from Fukushima Prefecture, where the battle to stabilize a disaster-hit nuclear power plant continues.
On Tuesday, 2,600 to 3,200 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium was detected in 2 samples of a fish species called the sand lance caught off Iwaki City. That’s 5 to 6 times higher than the “permissible” level.
And, by the way, let me remind you that there is no safe level of radiation, as all levels of radiation has been confirmed to cause cancer. What’s more, if you eat that fish, you will not just be exposed to a one-time radiation, but rather intake the cesium which will last in your body for the next 30 years. So, how would you like your cancer? Fried or raw?
On a separate note, Spinach harvested in Otama Village on Sunday was also found to contain 960 becquerels of cesium. 510 becquerels of cesium was detected in spinach from Tamura City on Monday. The government set the safety standard for the leafy vegetable at 500 becquerels.
And mind you, the safety limit is probably much above the safety limit, as the government keeps raising the safety limits higher and higher to suite the present conditions.
Reference: NHK WORLD English, Thursday, April 28, 2011.