Lunchtime poll – radiation fallout
April 8th, 2011
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Celebrity chef Eric Ripert is using a dosimeter to test the level of radiation in the seafood at his restaurant. Radiation ecologist Dr. Timothy Mosseau says that may be a bit of overkill. Supply chain expert Gene Tanski of Foresight Demand says there's no real way that even affected food could get into the food supply in the U.S. and World Health Organization spokesman Peter Cordingley says he believes that it's a good idea to keep paying close attention.

It's not just the experts expressing opinions about the potential for radiation ingestion following the damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Our commenters have weighed in as well.

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 - Jonx

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. - Gabor47

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. - MEngineer

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! - Say it again Sam

Half life of 8 days means even after 24 days, you still 12.5% of the radioactive particles. Japanese fish in California market is about 40 hours old. It will be significant. The safety limit is based on continual consumption for 70 years. They are raising the bar. So we are looking at maybe 10-20 years.

Considering how cancer has been on the rise, for whatever reason, we are as a society on the brink of developing cancer. As we speak all of us have cancer cells floating around our body which our immune system is constantly fighting. Ingestion of these particles just may be 'the straw that broke camel's back' to some people. I really don't think this to be insignificant at all. Remember this is in addition to everyday radiation we are exposed to from various environmental sources. Those environmental radiations are occasional. But ingested particles remain inside your body bombarding nearby cells constantly 24/7 at a close proximity. - Tony

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  1. the culinerd

    no fall out from my latest lunch fish lunch least so far...

    April 11, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  2. Teen Age Mutant Rodent Bung Super/fighters - Off vacation and ready to kick some Bad Guy a$$

    @ flaming Mass. Dont make us have to come over and crawl up your a$$ to get set for launch ....! Oh BTW these little rodents love apple too...! But we prefer just a Virgin mobile Kyocera hand-set with imatation blackberry keypad (look a-like knock off) because the keys are just our size ...We've found this fon to b the best for rodent bung crime fighting.....!! And Frenchy gave it to us We're only 5 inches tall... And we got a serious attitude ........

    April 9, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  3. jillcordero123

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    April 9, 2011 at 5:38 am |
  4. Popcorn...

    With all the fear of radiation fallout from Japan, I thought it might be useful to tell you about a cheap, effective, homemade radiation tester you can easily assemble and rely upon.

    Just follow these simple instructions:




    April 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • Happy Omnivore

      LOL! Funny!

      April 9, 2011 at 7:27 am |

    "It is lamentable that the U.S. government is not speaking with a coherent, science-based voice on the risks of radiation," said Dr. Makhijani. "There is no safe level of radiation exposure in the sense of zero risk. Period. This has been repeatedly concluded by official studies, most recently a 2006 study done by the National Academies. Yet there is no shortage of unfortunate official statements on radiation that may seek to placate the public about 'safe' levels of radiation, but actually undermine confidence."

    April 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Sweet name.

      April 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  6. Flaming Massachusetts Liberal with an iPad

    All American citizens must trust their government. They know what is best for you and will protect you. If they say it is safe to eat seafood from Japan, then it's perfectly safe. So please, do what your government asks of you and trust them unquestionably. Massachusetts does, and we are one of the best states to live in because of the government.

    Per CNN, I must make mention of Apple or an Apple product: This post created on and submitted using an iPad 2.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • Rahm Emanuel

      Well,aren't you special.....This post was made by me pissing in the snow and sending it via an IReport. Nah,Nah!!!

      April 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Burkey

      If you think liberals trust the government after this last decade, including Obama, then you ought to troll on past the Limbaugh and Hannity stations to see what's up, bro.

      April 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • jim willson

      governments are all liars

      April 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  7. Teen Age Mutant Rodent Bung Super Fighters(on vacation at this moment in the carribean)-from crimefighting the bad guys in the world !!

    The leader/ stinky: This does'nt look good i swear if we find any radiation in any of our pizza-boats (pizza on french bread) we're gonna have to kick some serious Bad-Guy a$$'s / (stinky gritting at the teeth) so watch out people cause now we got a serious attitude.......!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  8. stoonetrails

    First, the US government lies way too much to be trusted about anything. Second, saying things like “not immediately dangerous” is BS. Translated, it means, you won’t all die today, and/or not all at once, so, forgetaboutit, go ahead and eat Japanese fish and snorkel deep in the Hawaiian coastal waters.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  9. Amayda

    To quote a common phrase "Que sera sera". You can't add a single second to your life by worrying. In fact, the emotion of worry has a physiological effect of shortening your life due to over stress. You can be choosy with your decisions and try to be as correctly informed about your decisions as you can, but life will continue to happen around you and the best you can do is to handle whatever situation you find yourself in as positively and optimistially as possible.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Amayda

      *optimistically* (sorry) :)

      April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm |

        Beautiful words Amayda

        April 8, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • Burkey

      You are correct that no one adds a minute to his life by worrying.

      Intelligent people add many years to their lives by making informed choices about important safety issues. THAT is in our DNA. As social creatures, in a complex society, we rely on our leadership to help us make those decisions. When they fail, the people who will add years to their lives are the ones who seek information and make the best informed decision possible.

      Of course you can always do like the Ostrich does.

      Your choice, as it is a free country. But don't put me down for my concern, because this is something we've been warned about all our lives, and in our hour of need, the EPA is not releasing radiation readings. They have been sitting on information from California since March 23rd, when elevated levels of radiation were detected at Berkeley. If everything's just fine, well, then, they ought to just tell us. If the silence doesn't worry you, it worries me.

      April 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
      • Martina

        Me too. The scilence is almost deafening even down here in the souther hemisphere. I'm officially scared ...

        April 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  10. Truth, Temporary Bachelor

    I trust my government about as far as I can throw my car, but I don't think it is worth getting all worried about. If the thunder don't get you, the lightning will.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Jdizz

      That's my theory on health and fitness. Eat right, work out, die anyway. May as well have some fun.

      April 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  11. JBJingles

    Funny that no one voted that they trust the government to tainted food from entering the US....I guess I am just waiting to see how this plays out, but will keep an eye on the source of my fish.

    April 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
    • RichardHead

      Guess I better get one of those radiation detectors so I can check my goldfish in the bowl. Don't want some gold Lagoon Monster after me!!

      April 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
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