In light of health concerns, celebrity chef Eric Ripert is employing radiation detection equipment to allay the fears of nervous diners, but he's not giving up on Japanese seafood.
Read more about the measures the Japanese government is taking to ensure that its seafood remains safe.
Previously – The man behind Eric Ripert's seafood empire – fish butcher Justo Thomas
Too bad the device he is using is not meant to test radiation in food. It's actually rather low end. even if it was toxic with radiation it would not show up until very hot. So he is just trying to make people feel better his tests mean nothing.
From manual on seintl.com website. Model is Analog Monitor 4ec
Some forms of radiation are very difficult or impossible for a Geiger tube to detect. Tritium is a by-product of a nuclear
reactor and is used in research. The beta emissions from Tritium are so weak that there is very little instrumentation that
is capable of detecting it. Other examples of when more sophisticated equipment is needed are for the measurement of
contamination in environmental samples, such as radioactivity in milk, produce, soil, etc
Unless you know exactly what you are measuring and understand the limitations of detection instruments, it is possible
to draw misleading conclusions from your readings. We designed our instruments to be able to detect the broadest
range of ionizing radiation possible and remain in the price range of the average person.
I cannot believe the amount of people commenting that this is media hype and paranoia. Clearly, we are becoming a nation of uneducated idiots if you do not think irradiated food to such extent is not a danger. I suppose the oil spill in the gulf had no effect too, because "it's a LARGE ocean," as per Jim the Engineer. Stop the planet and let me off.
David you are mostly corrrect... Iodine 131 is predominately a Beta emitter with a very weak gamma... the contamination will be inside the meat of the fish and not detectable with a handheld meter until the levels get pretty high.... liquid scintillation or a GeLi unit is preferrable to get down to levels that would be just above background.... they do make single channel gamma analyzers for the field now but very expensive...
anyway he is not doing real rad science... just trying to placate folks with the cool meter, clicks, etc
Would you eat fish from Japan that hasn't been tested? The government should be testing these products before there sold. My bad, some people would prefer that not happen as it hurts business and costs taxpayers money.
to Dover, conspiracy theories??? High levels of radioactive water IS or supposedly was pouring into the sea from Japan...hello
To get the best measurement he should be using a liquid scintilation counter. A simple Geiger counter won't tell the whole story.
Is a liquid scintilation counter available on your over-sized Star Trek utility belt?
Well, maybe they will in the future, but the last device of this type I worked with (admittedly many years ago) was the size of a refrigerator.
The problem with a Geiger counter is that it depends on the detection of ionization events in a gas. Its not very good at detecting particulate emisions, the Beta and Alpha's. It certainly cannot distinguish the particulate emisions of one isotope versus another.
In a liquid scintilation counter a sample of the test material is suspended in solution with a flourescent material. Even radiation that only travels millimeters or less produces flashes that can be detected. Those Alpha and Beta particles can cause the most damage, when they are actually emited INSIDE your body.
Japan's floating fish factories are critically depleting the Pacific. Now the nuclear crisis is contaminating vast areas. (http://vimeo.com/21999627, 1 projection of spread) But, hey, help the elite party on worry free.
This headline is so misleading, this chef a disappointment. By 'radical' I thought he was doing something along the lines of the culinary magician Susan Spicer (Bayona's, New Orleans). Not only one of the world's top chefs, Spicer has used her celebrity as a force of important changes as a 'food activist' for important causes like the Chesapeake Bay Recovery -and that was before her work as a leader advocating for her own Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf produced 80% of the nations seafood b/f the BP spill. Louisiana seafood was as much the soul of the people there as jazz. : (
We love Susan Spicer and have done a lot of coverage on her, John Besh and other chefs who won't shut up.
Here's just a taste: http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/02/17/oysters-stage-a-comeback-after-bp-disaster/
Kat, Thank You!
It's awful to feel like the voice of a downer here, but such is the world we live in now (Was Julia Childs worried about arsenic, radiation, over-fishing!). I want to 'Eat, Drink and Be Merry' too, but not under a veil of denial.
If there's something we should not be doing (certain fish restrictions due to stock depletion, etc) I want to see that upfront. I will make sacrifices and accommodations to do my part.
The people who make their livings this way, such as master chefs, know it well. I don't think they can avoid advocating for the well being of their 'supply' much longer.
Nice to know that the only time they worry about the state of the ocean is when it affects them shoving it in their mouth
Wow, spot on with hat comment. I don't think there is anything that humans won't consume. Piehole whores.
(Please see my post below about nola's Susan Spicer. I found her work regarding the health of the places where her 5 star fare is born and raised encouraging.)
The same government that said the BP oil spill is contained and that there are no long lasting health concerns. Eat Japanese sushi at your own peril folks. Use common sense and believe the exact opposite of what the government tells you.
And you are better off eating Gulf shrimp than Japanese fish... the chemicals used in the shrimp farming in S.E. Asia are much more dangerous than Gulf shrimp. But fish swim everywhere... and Japanese fishermen have been fishing around the world for a long time. Just expect them to disregard even more rules on limits of fish in other waters.
Japan isn't in Southeast Asia, genius.
GULF SHRIMP & OYSTERS ARE NO LONGER SAFE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. (few TX & west-LA beds exceptions, but no one trusts it) THOSE NEW ORLEANS RESTAURANTS ARE CLOSED or SWITCHED TO CRAWFISH & CATFISH (farmed) nola.com (New Orleans paper) archive a bit.
This springs dolphin deliveries were all still births washing up on the beaches. The culprit? -100s of tons of 'oil eaters', arsenic dispersants. (that The People Did NOT Want -they hated the oil, but knew the chemicals would be worse. So why was it done? BP was 'liable' for damages measured by Visible sq. mi)
Also, purple marlins drop out of the air onto ships by the 100s migrating LA to Costa Rica, just from the air of it.
Waiting to see what evaporated and raining over the Corn Belt for years will do -hey, maybe another 'no worried' story (ad) on CNN about testing the veggies too!
Is he also testing for mercury? It is a bigger risk.
mercury, dioxin, poly-vinyl chloride, arsenic...
Salmonella, ptomaine, E. coli., FUGU... ;-)
Chefs are experts at this sort of thing. Let the engineers do the cooking.
The reactor in Japan didn't melt down as it did in Chernobyl, and if it didn't up until now, it won't. Any real danger for the rest of the world is OVER. What we are reading in the media are the products of the anti-nuclear power crowd trying to scare the daylight out of people. Don't buy it.
[Seriously] Oh thank the Higher Powers – a sane & eloquent voice! Thank YOU!
Do you see a reason for scaring the beejeebers out of people?
Is this the FOX News Blog?
If you won't pay for medicare (the recent tea-party rant), that means that when the increased number of cancer cases needs treatment, you will let them die. If you share such beliefs as the tea party, you are anti-human. Scientists claim that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by a fly-by meteor: just remember that God has good aim.
Lots of morons commenting on this story. As usual.
Thank goodness you took the time to contribute such a witty quip. You should consider becoming a writer with such talent!
Good god, what do you drink in the morning, battery acid?
Apparently someone p!ssed in "Obvious's" cornflakes.
Steven Brooks, your ignorance is noteworthy and doesn't complement your arrogance very well.
the big ping pong ball was made of several little ping pong balls . there was a little ping pong ball in the middle full of palm size ping pong balls . each palm size was a gear stuff . and each was wound with a flash light . one gear to power the lights . one to enhance lift and thrust . one to power the sprinklers . one to reroute the compost for fertilize such . and one was to operate the vibrating bed
as an American Culinary Federation student...this guy is and idiot! just trying to make a name for himself. Every good chef knows that seafood is inspected from overseas and radiation is present but not in quantities harmful to humans. Radiation test from hand held devices does not tell you how much radiation is actually present inside the product.
Ed, You must be the poster boy for the federation
As an American Culinary Federation student, you should know that Eric Ripert has already made quite a name for himself. This has nothing to do with publicity. By the way, which ACF accredited school are you attending?
The refreshing thing about Ripert is that he can actually cook great food, unlike many of the "celebrity chefs" out there. (We see you, Giada. Stop laughing, Paula- we see you too. Andrew Zimmern can't boil water. And don't get me started on Rachel bleeping Ray.)
Yeah, ERIC RIPERT is an idiot when it comes to Japanese seafood. My advice to you? Quit culinary school before you get shivved by a line cook who's sick of you critiquing his fillets because you're so much smarter than Eric Ripert.
Oh, and if you do decide to stay, I'd stop publicly ripping other cooks. You might need a job from someone who used to cook for someone who used to be a Sous for someone who used to do prep for the person you ripped. It's a very tight-knit industry. Everyone is in everyone's business, and everyone will know yours.
What is on the external fish is not the same as what is inside. But that goes for PCBs and dioxin too. If you try to get a fishing license in some states, it will say not to eat fish more than once a month, and not the fat of the fish, because poly vinyl chloride is there, and dioxin, and that causes as many health problems as cancer. Sorry folks, you may be all over this guy for saying this in cooking school, but he might switch professions too. Who knows? You might run into him as a radiologist, or an oncology nurse when you get treated.
You're a STUDENT, and you're already spouting off like some know-it-all? Jesus, kid, I hope you're not studying in Hyde Park, because you're pouring your money down the grease trap. You'll never earn the respect of a culinary team in the real world keeping that kind of attitude. Have fun in your future career as a prep boy at some second-rate country club in the Adirondacks. That's as far as you'll go with that condescending air about you. Trust me on this one. Veritas, baby.
I think its great that your testing food for radiation, the ocean current cirirculates, fish may be good today but what about next year? I doubt this is the last nuclear accident, skeptical we hgave seen the last of the current problem, if something happens 20 years from now there will something to compare it to. data is good, also restaurants should do this in more than one location, wind blows in different jet streams, a locally grown garden may be different all over the world.
Right. The "half-life" of Cessium is 30 years. But "half-life" does not mean it's gone away, just half of it. Then in another 30 years, half of that will go away, etc. I'm more concerned that the Japanese fishermen have been fishing in the Atlantic for many many years, without regard to limits. They don't care about conservation, and bottom line, we shouldn't eat their food for that reason, not radiation.
WHO? 'Celebrity chef'?
Excuse me and the rest of the country while we laugh out loud.
This is a non-story, grasping for straws.
Please do better in the future.
Anyone savvy about fine dining knows the name Eric Ripert.
Please – don't believe that your limited, subjective experience reflects the reality of the rest of the world, even the minority who have experience with 'fine dining'.
That is so ridiculous! Probably increasing public fear, not decreasing
Sooooo, it's a "non-story" because YOU don't know who it is? Wow. A+ in arrogance, man! Get educated then come back and make informed snide remarks.
Ignorance can be cured; stupidity is forever.
Wow. Jealous much?
Steven, you must eat at McDonald's alot. Eric Ripert is a world-renowned chef, not some FoodNetwork hack...
Just an attention grabber, I guess that comes with the celebrity part. He is also a good business man, taking every opportunity to advertise himself by evoking, in this case, the psychology of fear. And it all seems to work, I didn’t know who was before and now not only I know who he is but he also made me write this post. Would I buy anything with his name or from his restaurant, answer to that is no, but by clicking on this video/article I probably contributed to his celebrity status and by virtue of that he will make more money by promoting himself on TV by claiming me as one of his follower/viewer etc.
Eric Ripert is an internationally known chef. He's doing just fine for himself.
I am just reasoning the fact why is doing just fine. Cooking is probably the most overrated profession that requires minimal skills.
You're obviously not inside any culinary circles, Steven. Every executive chef, sous chef, and culinary student in North America and the world knows who Eric Ripert is. Non-chef gastronomes also know who he is. He may not be a celebrity chef in the sense of that sellout Emeril, with his "essence" crap and semi-decent cookware, or that schlub with a horrid smoker's voice, Rachel Ray. However, anyone who appreciates culinary genius in the same company of Jacques Pepin, Grant Achatz, Tim Love, et al., knows exactly who this guy is. Now go back to your USDA Select "steaks" at Sizzler and your Moon Pies, and leave those with platinum palates alone. Twit.
Zipvip is a troll.
He's just trying to push anyone's buttons.
Please don't feel the trolls (PDFTT).
Well said, Tony. Excuse CNN for not occasionally appealing to the lowest common denominator of Americans. I guess Eric Ripert is too "elite" for some of the posters here. I've even heard he might eat arugula instead of iceberg lettuce!!!
Who elected you representative of the entire country? And which country at that?? Testing for radiation makes sense, it might be a little gimmicky, but hey if customers are concerned about it, then it makes perfect business sense to do it and I thought it was an interesting bit of information. I don't see how you can criticize CNN for reporting on this? Just because you don't know who Eric Ripert is doesn't mean its not newsworthy.... you are not, after all, the center of the universe, Steven. Now go to your room and think about what you've done.
all should be doing it
He can do whatever he wants, as long as it's not that dink Jaime Oliver. I'm so sick of him. Let me eat what I want!
...said the fat chick.
Uh huh. So, he's testing seafood in NEW YORK for radiation from JAPAN.
Well, he got a free commercial from CNN.
He is known for serving fish from Japan at his restaurant. I think it's more to assuage diners' fears than anything.
Another paranoiac. You do realize it is common practice for restaurants to import ingredients from all over the world right? Why are so many simpletons hell bent on conspiracy theories?
Damn good point, Dov!
I had NOTHING to do with the assassination! Check out the Dallas Police Dept. Just sayin'.
I swear it wasn't me, the butler did it.
Paranoid? This makes complete sense. Japan has admitted to dumping radioactive water in the ocean and we know that within that water are plutonium alpha particles from the MOX reactor (No. 2 reactor). These have 10X the biological effect of beta particles (the iodide 131 and cesium 137 the news talks about), and he has every reason to ensure his customers safety. This allows him to not alter his normal supply of fish, but still ensure a healthy non radioactive menu. If you truly believe there is no risk in eating seafood from japan you are ignorant.
It affects a small portion of the shore... you do remember there is a very LARGE ocean. You on the other hand are just being drawn into the media hype. The media is a business, this makes them money by showing stories that stir up emotions while not fully explaining the situations...
A nuclear engineer working onsite at a nuclear facility is estimated to be subjected to a maximum of 200 Becquerel per year. The current radiation level found in our rain water in the Mid-Atlantic, from DC all the way to Maine is 1/25th the value the EPA considers would be dangerous. Unfortunately, 1/25th the value multiplied by water consumption of 365 days equals 200 Becquerel of radiation per year as well. How is it the EPA keeps saying these levels are safe when it is not even safe for a Nuclear engineer?
These celebrity chef radiation detectors don't even measure radioactive iodine or plutonium radiation. Look it up, folks. This is a feel good story to let us know even the "best" chefs in the country have the sitch under control. Nothing to worry over...Think positively, I say, but MAKE SURE YOU THINK!
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