Tuesday, the Japanese government announced it had found high levels of radioactive materials in fish in the Pacific Ocean after millions of gallons of radioactive water was dumped in the sea from the damaged nuclear site.
“I think the concern is that the FDA doesn’t have the resources to properly screen…they only test less than 2 percent of seafood that comes from imports,” said Executive Director Wenonah Hauter.
Food & Water Watch is concerned that Japan is only testing for products from locations near where the accident occurred. The radiative isotopes that have been dumped into the Pacific Ocean are dispersing and have been detected in small fish that are consumed by larger fish, like tuna, which are consumed by humans.
As our food system deals with this latest threat, we have even more reason to act to ensure that our food and water safety protections are adequately funded. Take action now to tell Congress to protect funding for essential food and water programs that ensure our health and safety in the federal budget
Want another way to take action? Let Washington know that you want our food and water monitored for radioactive contamination.
Thanks to Food and Water Watch where this post first appeared.