Is Tuna Safe to Eat Post Fukushima?

by Sarah Healthy LivingComments: 166

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Tuna has always been a staple Real Food in our home. I’ve always taken care to source low mercury, sustainably caught tuna in order to prepare quality tuna steaks for dinner, tuna melts for lunch, or that old standby tuna salad for lunchboxes, quick snacks or just a dollop on a bed of greens. Spicy bluefin tuna rolls are a favorite of my husband when dining at Japanese restaurants.

About a year ago, however, I started to question my choice of tuna for regular consumption. I began reading the reports about the spreading radiation plume in the Pacific from the continuing Fukushima nuclear disaster. I delved into the migratory patterns of various species of tuna. The more I read, the more concerned, and quite frankly, confused I became.

Realizing that my family’s health can’t be wagered on guesses or half truths, I gathered as much information as I could to arrive at an informed decision.  Here’s what I found.

All species of tuna are highly migratory. This means that they swim long distances pretty much throughout their entire lives. These migration patterns are still ill-understood although it is generally agreed upon that they are large.

tuna migration pacificPacific bluefin tuna are born near Japan spending their early months swimming in the radiation plume there. They then swim back and forth across the Pacific their entire lives. One tuna nicknamed Terry crossed the Pacific no less than 3 times in the span of only 20 months coming very close to Japan each time. To the right is a chart showing his epic swim.

The information gleaned from Terry the tuna is not new. As early as the 1950’s, tagged albacore tuna were known to swim thousands of miles as shown in this second chart to the right. The open circles off the California coast indicates where they were released and the solid circles closer to Japan indicates where they were recaptured.

albacore tuna migrationHighly migratory indeed!

Atlantic based tuna exhibit the same nomadic patterns. According to National Geographic, high tech tags of Atlantic bluefin tuna revealed the following:

A team of international scientists documented two giant bluefins tagged within minutes of each other off the coast ofIreland.The two fish swam to opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean–ending up more than 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) apart. One of the fish traveled 3,730 miles (6,000 kilometers) southwest to waters about 186 miles (300 kilometers) northeast of Cuba. The other remained in the eastern Atlantic and moved off the coasts of Portugal.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO)s, all species of tuna, not just bluefin and albacore, are considered highly migratory, again with the reasons for these patterns not well understood.  Here is a breakdown of the tuna species and where they are located according to a report by the FAO:

  • Albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga), which occurs in tropical and temperate waters worldwide.
  • Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus), mostly found in temperate waters of the Atlantic, including the Mediterranean, and Pacific Oceans. It is noted that since the adoption of UNCLOS, bluefin tuna in the northern Pacific has been identified as a different species, Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) while bluefin in the Atlantic has been re-named Atlantic bluefin tuna.
  • Bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus), found in the Atlantic (but absent from the Mediterranean), Indian and Pacific Oceans.
  • Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) with a worldwide distribution in tropical and temperate waters.
  • Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares), also with a worldwide distribution in tropical and sub-tropical more temperate seas, but absent from the Mediterranean.
  • Blackfin tuna (Thunnus atlanticus) found in the western Atlantic in tropical and warm seas.
  • Little tuna (Euthynnus alleteratus and E. affinis), with E. alleteratus found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, including the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and E. affinis in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is noted that presently, E. alleteratus is called little tunny and E. affinis is called kawakawa.
  • Southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii), in temperate waters of the southern hemisphere in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
  • Frigate and bullet tuna (Auxis thazard and A. rochei) found in the Atlantic (including the Mediterranean Sea where only A. rochei is found), Indian and Pacific Oceans.

So Tuna Swim.  A Lot.  So What?

The fact that tuna swim great distances, constantly moving and migrating means that tuna in the Pacific more than likely will have passed through the growing Fukushima radiation plume at some point in their lives, probably numerous times.

With long lived varieties like albacore (11-12 years) and bluefin (up to 20 years), this is especially true. With much smaller, shorter lived tuna like the skipjack (about 8 years), less so.

Is the Fukushima Radiation Even Really a Problem?

The answer to this question depends on who you ask. Some reports say yes, the Pacific based radiation plume from Fukushima is a serious problem and growing worse as 300 tons of radioactive water pour into the Pacific every single day with no end in sight for years. Unbelievably, Japan’s government only acknowledged the urgency of the situation in September 2013.

On the other hand, a comprehensive assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that radioactive particles that are making their way to North American waters will have a limited effect on human health, with concentrations below WHO safety levels.

The most unsettling data to date is that the continued outflow of radioactive water from Fukushima now no longer just contains cesium isotopes. It now also contains the more worrisome strontium-90 which is a bone seeking isotope.

Who is right?  Who is wrong?

One thing is true, Fukushima is a nuclear disaster never before experienced in human history so all theories and probabilities are on the table.

Dr. Ken Buessler, a world expert in marine radioactivity with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts who is leading an international research team tracking Fukushima’s trails in the Pacific has this to say:

We still don’t know the answers to many important questions concerning the impacts of Fukushima radionuclides on the oceans. For example, we still don’t have a good handle on how much radioactivity was released, and we don’t fully understand where it has ended up, and that holds for the ocean waters, seafloor sediments, and for marine biota, such as tuna.”

Caution Seems to Be the Best Policy

Having personally known someone who died of radiation induced cancer 15 years after the Chernobyl disaster from the fallout that blanketed parts of Europe which governments at the time said was no threat to human health (his wife lost most of her hair but has survived although they tragically had a daughter born a few years after the disaster who developed leukemia), I don’t take the long term, cumulative effects of radiation lightly and interpret official reports like the one published by the WHO with a grain of salt.

If you choose to interpret the data as a nonthreat to human health with the radiation levels within safe limits, that is of course your choice. My approach is both practical and cautionary to play it safe for my children’s sake until more information is gathered and the extent of the problem studied further. This includes avoiding all tuna from Pacific waters given that this particular migratory fish is prone to swimming close to Japan multiple times during its lifetime.

Since much of the time, the ocean of origin for tuna is unknown or not labeled, this would mean avoiding all tuna in most cases. This is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past six months or so – no tuna in my home. Period.

The complaining of my family about the absence of tuna dishes (which everyone loves) has caused me to continue to search for a source of tuna I would feel comfortable serving.  I recently discovered a skipjack tuna from Portugal (source) that I’ve started to purchase. Given that Atlantic based tuna do not enter the Pacific during their lives, I felt at this time, this tuna would be safe to eat.

However, predictions are for the Fukushima radiation plume to continue growing, eventually entering the Arctic and then the Atlantic Oceans, as the disaster is far from contained. As a result, this situation most likely will change in the coming years. For now, however, if tuna origin can be accurately confirmed, I will purchase and eat it – but only from the Atlantic Ocean and other non-Pacific sources.

What are your thoughts about eating tuna and other seafood?  What data have you come across to support your decision? Do you continue to eat tuna?  Why or why not?

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


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Comments (166)

  • Renee

    I heard that yellowfin tuna is safe because it doesn’t travel to the pacific. Bluefin however is for sure radioactive. Has anyone else heard this? Either way I’m avoiding it all together. It makes me so sad, it’s my all time fav food and use to eat it every week.

    January 21st, 2016 3:27 pm Reply
  • Alan8

    “Huffington Post, Sept. 1, 2013: [T]he [Fukushima] plume will eventually begin to escape the North Pacific gyre in an even more diluted form. About 25 percent of the radioactivity initially released will travel to the Indian Ocean and South Pacific over two to three decades after the Fukushima disaster, the model showed.”


    So the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific will be radiation-free for two decades. This means:

    1. The fish oil we used from the South Pacivic is safe and,
    2. Tuna from the Malidives (Indian Ocean) is safe.

    December 23rd, 2015 4:49 am Reply
  • Bruce Wayne

    welp, so far, I have not heard it said that radiation is good for anyone. And the Seaweed as a source of iodine may also be affected since the seaweed comes from the same water.

    You can be sure that before any government admits that the radiation from the Oceans is dangerous, many, many thousands if not millions will all ready have become sickened or be dyeing.

    Many scientists have said that the radiation will be active in the environment for thousands of years and that the effects are cumulative.

    If many creatures in the sea are already showing signs of radiation damage, then we can expect that trend to continue and likely grow much, much worse over time.

    The Bible predicted a time when first 1/3 of all the creatures in the sea had died and later all of the creatures that had life in the sea had died. We now seem to be able to both see and be the cause of both those prophesies come true……….Yet, our elected and non elected leeders seem to be oblivious to the danger of this Nuclear curse………..another accident, or a war could certainly make matters worse, but Fukishima alone may already have made the first prophesy come true

    March 27th, 2015 12:31 am Reply
  • david gwilym

    Ok, I guess that most people have heard of John West Tuna, well here in the uk it always said on the tins “Atlantic ocean” but for the last year or so it says “western pacific” I believe that this is because the price of tuna from the pacific is now greatly reduced to that of the Atlantic and we all know why, so my advice to you is, NO MORE TUNA….

    March 26th, 2015 8:26 pm Reply
  • Diane

    Thank you so much for this post. I have been very concerned with the safety of fish. I had put a halt on ALL fish consumption in our home. I’ve heard that the legal safety limits of radiation have been raised, just so they can say that the levels are within safe limits. True or not, I just can’t say, & like you pointed out, this has never been experienced before & we just don’t know. And I do know that the young ones are most prone to have their thyroids soaking up the radiation & that damage won’t be seen for many years. So we’ve been avoiding all fish & I use essential oils on our thyroids (especially my son’s) to at least try to protect us from the radiation. I did find a need for fish oil for my son & I started buying one from Barlean’s which states it is 3rd party independently tested for contaminants. It seems to be the best I’ve found & it does seem to be helping him. We really miss fish in general, & tuna as well. On occasion my husband & I will have some, but even though our son is a picky eater & use to love fish, we haven’t given him any. I just learned of Costco selling Skipjack Tuna……and I was doing research on it when I ran across your blog. Thanks again for your informative blog. :)

    February 1st, 2015 6:01 pm Reply
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      September 1st, 2015 11:04 am Reply
  • Brenda

    I think I’ll just stop eating anything I don’t grow myself. Sheesh! So much conflicting information!

    August 5th, 2014 4:45 pm Reply
    • Roger Walker

      Get you Gieger counter out before you eat your Tuna. Or eat potassium Iodine right after.

      October 23rd, 2014 10:52 pm Reply
  • Suzanne Preston via Facebook

    I don’t eat any seafood after being diagnosed with mercury poisoning from eating 2 serves per week!

    August 5th, 2014 4:53 am Reply
  • Bridgit Bright via Facebook

    I whole-heartedly, 100% agree with you. I no longer enjoy the sushi that I so loved. I truly worry about the long-term effects associated with ingesting fish poisoned from Fukushima.

    August 5th, 2014 2:56 am Reply
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    August 4th, 2014 9:51 pm Reply
  • Tashima Byrne via Facebook

    Considering I live in Tokyo and we are all eating local seafood I’m not sure about this… I don’t eat a lot of tuna anyway because of mercury, but also bear in mind we eat a lot of seaweed which is supposed to be a good antidote.

    August 4th, 2014 8:52 pm Reply
    • Diane

      I’ve been wondering about seaweeds also… you think they’re still safe? We used to eat seaweed….but I stopped seaweed & fish consumption when the fukushima disaster occurred. I didn’t know seaweed was known to counteract…..just curious on your thoughts about it being safe or not.

      February 1st, 2015 6:03 pm Reply
    • Fred VanOlphen

      Seaweed absorbs radioactive iodine which I think that makes it dangerous. In fact it makes the whole iodine supplement industry suspect. The only iodine that I consider safe would be mined crystal iodine. The only source that I know of for that is from InfoWars (Alex Jones).

      February 24th, 2015 11:48 pm Reply
  • Jacqueline Quan via Facebook

    I have refused to eat anything out of the Pacific and that extends all the way to Alaska. There have been unreported blasts from Fukushima and this stuff gets into the atmosphere as well as into the water. The increase of radioactivity can be seen on crops as far east as Ohio.

    August 4th, 2014 6:55 pm Reply
  • Jama Harris via Facebook

    A friend of mine suggests taking iodoral to help rid toxins from the body.

    August 4th, 2014 5:00 pm Reply
  • Liz Shearer via Facebook

    Thanks for all that researched info abt tuna. Ive been wondering about that for a long while. Very helpful.

    August 4th, 2014 2:43 pm Reply
  • Mary Wallis via Facebook

    Tragic and angering. Especially that this disaster happened over 3 years ago and a solution to the continued flow of radioactivity into a world-shared waterway is not a top concern of ALL global leaders. Yes, we still eat tuna – but it is more like 4 or 5 times a year rather than regular fare…

    August 4th, 2014 11:55 am Reply
  • Rebecca Lowen via Facebook

    Thanks for the info. Trader Joes carries skipjack tuna.

    August 4th, 2014 11:55 am Reply
  • Mandy Tavenier Knight via Facebook

    What about sardines?

    August 4th, 2014 11:43 am Reply
    • Fadi

      Didn’t see the comment I left, so I’m going to try to post is again. Hope I’m not double posting. :)
      The author missed is a very important point: bio-accumlation

      The higher a fish is on the food chain, the higher the amount of toxins it accumulates. All sea biota get exposed to an similar levels of ambient pollutants but when a little fish eats sea weed, it will have more toxins because it is ingesting them through its dietary intact. When a bigger fish eats the smaller fish, the amount of toxins multiple and when a bigger one eats that one, it gets multiplied again. So on and so forth until you get to tuna and swordfish which pretty huge. The life span and feeding habits of the biota also impact the amount of pollutants it will accumulate during its life.

      A 1990-2010 USDA study on the mercury levels found in commercial fish found that sardines and tilapia had 0.013PPM of Hg, Salmon had 0.022PPM whereas Tuna can have any from 0.128 to 0.689PPM (depending on the variety). Meaning the levels of mercury are multiplied by a factor of 10 to 53 times compared to that of tilapia or sardines or 5 to 17 times the levels of those found in Salmon. A link to the study in question was attached to the comment.

      It’s same principles for how much radiation tuna absorb. Tuna is definitely a higher risk group.

      January 9th, 2015 1:23 am Reply
      • Diane

        What about the fact that skipjack tuna are fished at a younger age than other tunas? Does that help with this factor?

        February 1st, 2015 6:06 pm Reply
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  • Richard

    Instead of speculating about how tuna might be affected, why don’t they just measure the amount of radioactivity–if any–that is actually present in the meat and/or bones of samples of tuna. Then we would know for sure. Odd that no-one has taken such a simple step. Or maybe they have and are keeping the findings quiet. Also, if tune are affected, wouldn’t Alaskan cod also be affected, since the Japanese current flows up the Asian coast to Alaska and then down our Pacific Coast as the Alaskan current. Interesting that Trader Joe’s stopped selling Pacific Ahi tuna filets several months ago without any explanation, and has just now started reselling Ahi tuna from off the coast of Spain. And by the way, how about the thousands of tons of pesticides that flow down American rivers into both the world’s oceans.

    February 27th, 2014 3:04 pm Reply
    • Joey

      I second RIchard’s suggestion. If you are concerned about radiation in your food, then get a Geiger counter and test it. That is likely to get you far closer to the truth than speculation about where your supper went on vacation and for how long.

      April 27th, 2014 2:47 am Reply
      • Jeanne

        Great suggestion, but personally I’m not going to spend the money to purchase tuna only to chance having to waste that money if the test is positive for radiation. It would be much better if it was done by the company selling the tuna or the fisherman catching it and create a label similar to certified organic.

        August 4th, 2014 5:43 pm Reply
    • Diane

      Can you really test food that you buy with a geiger counter?? If so I will definitely be buying one. I’ve heard that the radiation is also in grass & rice & beans……and I have definitely noticed a change in the taste of beans since the fukushima incident…..

      February 1st, 2015 6:08 pm Reply
    • dee

      Who is the “they” that you are willing to trust with your life?
      The government? The tuna/fishing industry? The WHO? Or how about any or all of the various Nuclear Power agencies? They would certainly tell us the truth, eh? The U.N.? As a human, you’re allowed a bit of naivety… But if you show up at your local seafood market or grocery store with a geiger counter, be prepare to be escorted out – probably by the police.

      July 24th, 2015 1:17 am Reply
      • testit

        just carry it up your sleeve , now why didn’t you think of that ? lol !!!!

        December 15th, 2015 4:58 pm Reply
    • Chris

      They shut down the radiation monitoring equipment on the West Coast of Canada and the USA right after the crisis. Then the EPA raised the amount of radiation you could be exposed to safely. The WHO and CDC never investigates nuclear accidents to my knowledge because that falls under the juristiction of the IAEA. Someone on here mentioned that tuna that was sourced from the Atlantic going to Britain now is being sourced from the Pacific and is much cheaper (ie: smaller demand for it). Someone also mentioned that Trader Joe’s stopped sourcing tuna from the pacific and is now getting it from the Atlantic. They will never monitor radiation in fish from the Pacific because they know its there. And I wouldn’t believe them anyway (Maybe if they took a sample, showed the readings and then proceeded to gorge themselves on it – I still wouldn’t believe them actually – just be watching their careers until the cancer shows up sometime later). All these thing point to the Pacific being totally poisoned.

      Cs134 and Cs137 are two isotopes which didn’t exist in nature until the nuclear bomb tests in the 1950’s, I’ve heard. But make no mistake, Fukushima is not releasing ONLY these two plus I-121 into the ocean, but many others as well (probably radioactive Xenon, Strontium 90, etc). The IAEA protocols only deal with external doses of radiation. They never talk about what happens when this stuff is ingested. Thats what causes cancer in the long term, not necessarily right now. What will smaller doses (than background radiation) of Cs134 or 137 do to you? Nobody knows because we haven’t had to contend with it before, or if we have, the IAEA keeps it to themselves. Cs137 seeks out heart muscle. I expect to see a lot more heart attacks in the future. So I don’t want to take any chance on that stuff. I’ve given up eating ANYTHING from the Pacific or the West side of the country.

      Chris Busby talks about “internal emitters” on youtube a lot. He is always put down by the IAEA and people who don’t want to hear the truth, but what if he’s right? I believe millions died or are in the process of dying (the “liquidators”, for ex) from Chernobyl. Many birth defects. But critics will point out that none of this can be proven. I’d like to believe what our leaders tell us but I believe they are lying about the graveness of the situation.

      A normal geiger counter, from what I’ve learned, won’t help you detect radiation in fish or other things – unless its very high. (Bionerd23 is a good source of information about such things on youtube). For something like that, you need a scintillation counter which is 100’s of times more sensitive to radiation than a GM tube. One type (NaI), coupled with a computer, can discern discrete energy levels to give you an idea of what the isotope is that you are dealing with. The other type can only tell you there is something present, just not what. I have a geiger counter and I’m working on getting the scintillation detector, first the cheaper one and then the more expensive (NaI) one. A lot of these are in use throughout Japan, I’ve heard, to reassure people about eating the food.

      Our EPA could monitor the situation, but they won’t. Nobody is looking out for us but us. I would say to try and source your food from the Atlantic and Eastern side of the USA as much as possible. And keep researching about what is going on outside of mainstream news. They can’t say anything without putting some “spin” on it.

      January 18th, 2016 4:02 pm Reply
  • Marie

    This is another perspective. Interesting to read:

    February 26th, 2014 7:20 pm Reply
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  • Me

    Amazing that people will believe a cook over a scientist that is showing where and how his data is obtained.

    You have more chance of a drunk driver or a texting/cellphone using driver killing you and your entire family than suffering from eating tuna that MAY have visited the waters off Japan.

    February 20th, 2014 3:25 am Reply
  • Tenaga

    I’ve been eating a lot of tuna this past year. I notice at times my body instinctively poisons itself….but thanks so much Sarah…no more seafood! How do you feel about your staple snapper head stock….? I’m going to I suppose stop for a while

    February 17th, 2014 10:11 am Reply
  • Dr. A. Cannara

    People deserve facts and should insist on getting them, especially now that anyone can write anything on the web and maybe millions will see it for as long as the web exists/

    Fact 1: everyone here is radioactive — just eating bananas & nuts, Raisin Bran(c), etc. gives us the Potassium we must have to live. Some of that is K40 — a radioisotope with a 1.2 billion year half life. Our kidneys regulate our K content to about 165 grams per person. The small K40 in that radiates us from within (the most dangerous locale) at the rate of about 4400 beta & gamma emissions per second, for life. Why are we not born cancerous? Why is anyone alive? See “banana equivalent dose”. All animals experience similar internal sources of radiation, some more than others because of where in the environment they live. How do animals survive this?

    Fact 2: Fukushima has about 100 million gallons of somewhat radioactive water to dispose of. That’s 100,000,000 gallons. The Pacific Ocean contains 200,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons. As they say: “do the math”. And, ask how many tons of radioactive elements from erosion, etc. enter the ocean naturally every second from all the rivers feeding the Pacific.

    Fact 3: Radioactivity was far higher millions & billions of years ago — that’s what isotope half-lives explain. How could Ma Nature have life forms survive then? Look up “cellular repair” — we can develop respect for an evolutionary system that allows our 10 trillion cells to repair damage, including DNA breaks, every second for life. Get tired just thinking about how much we depend on that, given what we eat, smoke, breathe?

    Fact 4: Our marine biologists use the Cesium 134 and 137 isotopes from Fukushima, as found in fish like tuna, to estimate how long they travel in their migrations. One of the isotopes decays faster than the other. Both were created at the same time in Fukushima reactors. So, just as we use Carbon Dating for Louis XVI furniture, we can use Cesium dating on fish. The difficulty for biologists here is that the Cesium isotopes are so low in amounts that the measurements are very hard. In other words, there’s no risk to our eating tuna or any other fish migrating around the Pacific. Even fish caught neat Fukushima are safe to eat. What is not safe are chemicals, like the Mercury near Minimata, the PCBs in the Hudson River, the homone-like additives to plastics we store food & water in, etc.

    So, there are plenty of things to worry about, but Fukushima radiation is not one. Whenever someone says “Fukushima”, I say “Onagawa”, or one could mention one of the other Japanese reactors that were built properly. Radiation from Japan is not the problem. Correcting the collusive relations among Japanese officials and businesses is… (2012 Fukushima report) (UN report)
    AAAS Science, Vol 340, p678, 10 May 2013

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    February 12th, 2014 10:56 pm Reply
    • Mercedes

      Another example of an over educated idiot. I prefer to listen to people who are real not exposed to money grants for disinformation.
      Dr. Loren Moret, Dr. Helen Caldicott are just a few that I KNOW are telling the hard truth.
      Seek your own truth, there are many paid shills out there. This is one of them.

      February 14th, 2014 11:07 am Reply
      • Tony

        You can check the ocean sourced fish yourself. Others are doing it. Purchase a radiation survey meter (prices start at just a few hundred dollars) or send samples out to an independent lab. Why allow the fear mongers to dissuade you from eating a delicious and safe food. Some of us can’t afford grass finished organic beef on a regular basis. Pacific herring and sardine are excellent foods, low in mercury due to short lifespan.

        February 27th, 2014 4:37 pm Reply
    • Conscious 720

      External exposure to radiation is NOT the same as internal consumption. Consuming radionuclides is far more dangerous as these substances sit inside the body near vital organs and cause far more damage. As a so called doctor you should know this. Also comparing potassium 40 found in bananas to cesium 134 and cesium 137 is misleading when you look at the FACTS. Others have tried comparing exposure to a nuclear accident to eating a banana or brazil nuts, two foods that contain naturally occurring potassium 40. Potassium 40′s natural abundance is quite low. It also clears the body at a half life of 30 days compared to 110 days for cesium. The specific activity of potassium 40 is 0.0000071 (Ci/g) compared to 1,300 for cesium 134 and 88 for cesium 137. Potassium 40′s radiation energy is 0.52 MeV for beta and 0.16 MeV for gamma. Cesium 134 has a radiation energy level of 0.16 MeV for beta and 1.6 for gamma. Cesium 137 has a radiation energy of 0.19 MeV for beta but also decays into barium 137m that has a gamma energy of 0.60 MeV. Cesium 134 and 137 are not naturally occurring isotopes and have a much different energy and composition than potassium 40. Comparing the cesium found in these tuna to the potassium 40 in a banana is just not an accurate comparison.

      So how you like me now doc?

      May 10th, 2014 12:45 pm Reply
    • dee

      “So, there are plenty of things to worry about, but Fukushima radiation is not one.”
      Great line, doc – and something we could expect from a medical professional… If you really believe it, visit the west coast and ask the MILLIONS of dead animals that have died recently… Oh yeah – it’s an algae bloom… happens all the time! I suggest you look up as many past editions of ENEnews you can stomach… Over and over the evidence seems to say – wake up and smell the rotting corpses! What will it take? Another couple of nuke plant SNAFU’s? No – one is enough… Fuku will last lifetimes.
      The original article is well written and conscious. I wish I could say the same for all the replies.

      July 24th, 2015 1:34 am Reply
      • Joelle

        Well said. Thank you. I always appreciate how much research and effort Sarah puts into her work.

        July 26th, 2015 9:30 pm Reply
  • Beth

    Are there any readers living in Japan? I would be curious to know what, if any, news and information you are receiving in Japan about this?

    February 12th, 2014 5:45 pm Reply
  • becky b

    Oh boy, this isn’t good news when we’re trying to be on a grain free diet. Sarah, what do you think about sardines?

    February 11th, 2014 9:10 pm Reply
  • Katie

    In all of this discussion about eating tuna, everyone should take time to see the movie (or at least the trailer for) The End of the Line (, a sobering look at the overfishing of our oceans. Don’t eat sushi, don’t eat fish that are not sustainably managed and fished, and don’t support businesses and restaurants that do not know where their fish is coming from. Just as you don’t eat CAFO meat, you should also not be eating endangered species – as in most large fish species!! Know your food, from net to plate!!

    February 11th, 2014 5:15 pm Reply
    • Beth

      Lots of stores and restaurants make the claim that their fish and seafood is “sustainable” when it is not the case, and can even be farmed, meaning that it has been given inappropriate junk food, antibiotics, hormones, GMOs and other undesirables.

      February 12th, 2014 5:43 pm Reply
  • Daryl

    As a PSA I’d like to share this link to forensic lab test results on heavy metals in sea vegetable products. Mike Adams (The Health Ranger) operates the informational web site, and is in the process of testing many so called “healthy” organic foods for heavy metals at his new forensic laboratory.. Here is the link:

    February 11th, 2014 2:10 pm Reply
  • Helen T

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    Must see if one wants a clearer picture behind the recent abnormal weather we’ve been having.

    February 11th, 2014 9:25 am Reply
  • Joyce

    What about sardines as an affordable, healthy option?

    February 11th, 2014 12:37 am Reply
  • Beth Schaap via Facebook

    Thanks Stacy Moran, pretty disturbing, wish they could contain it…probably already in the land and air too…:(

    February 11th, 2014 12:16 am Reply
  • Jennett Crosby Pearson via Facebook

    I normally wouldn’t eat farm fish, but given all the radioactive pollution in the oceans, I think it would be by far safer. Haven’t eaten tuna in a few years because of the mercury.

    February 10th, 2014 3:34 pm Reply
  • Gabrielle Foley via Facebook

    thank you for putting all that data together

    February 10th, 2014 3:28 pm Reply
  • Brittany Hughes Ardito via Facebook

    So what fish does your family still eat Sarah? I know Atlantic salmon is ok for now. But any others?

    February 10th, 2014 2:43 pm Reply
  • Just because you might want to know via Facebook

    Oh you have done such a wonderful job laying it all out there! Thank you so much. My husband and myself, put up 3 cases of Tuna the summer of the accident. I knew then about the migratory path of the Tuna Fish, I stated it would be the last Tuna we ever had. :( I didn’t mean to be so negative, but I felt it. We just finished our last jar! :( Again, your blog about this is not only timely, it is spot on and I thank you. Sharing! :)

    February 10th, 2014 1:35 pm Reply
  • Gloria Cotton via Facebook

    Bravo! For making a hard decision. When most people are towing a political line and others are just believing the government is protecting them, while they fall prey to the ridiculous consumption limits set by agencies that Do NOT have their best interest in mind.

    Of all the foods with problems today, and this is not a short list, poisoning of the oceans, rivers and waterways has for YEARS made ALL foods from these sources unsafe for consumption – sorry folks this was even true well BEFORE the Fukushima issues.

    For those who think it is just Pacific Coast/Fukushima tainted foods, no such luck! Sorry. I would never risk it – The illnesses are far worse than NOT having the health benefits of fish. xo

    February 10th, 2014 1:17 pm Reply
  • April Motl via Facebook

    I’ve been wondering the same thing about salmon… I’d be really interested in a post about salmon. And since I live on the CA coast the whole spreading of radiation has made me wonder about our produce too. Thanks, Sarah for the healthy tuna source-love my tuna :)

    February 10th, 2014 1:07 pm Reply
  • Alethia Perry via Facebook

    Avoiding Tuna is no problem for us, but wild caught pacific salmon- sigh. We catch all our own sockeye, king, and coho each summer and fill our freezer. I am torn. Do the health risks out-weigh the benefits?

    February 10th, 2014 1:02 pm Reply
  • Hilary

    Thank you so much for your research and sharing! Very helpful!

    February 10th, 2014 12:51 pm Reply
  • Katie Zwaryczuk via Facebook


    February 10th, 2014 12:48 pm Reply
  • Katie Zwaryczuk via Facebook

    Love your blog….am wondering….what are your thoughts on wild caught Alaskan salmon as it relates to Fukushima?

    February 10th, 2014 12:43 pm Reply
  • Rolf Hastrup

    I very much appreciate the article, but I think one thing is missing in the discussion: actual test data of the fish to confirm the speculation. Laboratory test data would tell us the differences between geographic sources. Also, test data taken over time would indicate how serious the trend in increasing contamination is and how the levels are spreading out. Surely, such data must be taken. Has anyone searched to find it?

    February 10th, 2014 10:39 am Reply
  • Frances N Colin Fisher via Facebook

    Thanks, Jocelyn. I’ve been avoiding tuna because of the mercury, Colin’s been avoiding it since he got sick on Subway’s tuna, but our son-in-law loves sushi, and we love him, and I hadn’t even considered the threat of radiation!

    February 10th, 2014 10:15 am Reply
  • Paul Dirks

    Radiation may be harmful to Tuna. Being caught and served for dinner is also harmful to tuna. But there isn’t any particular mechanism I can think of where the radiation that the Tuna may be exposed to actually affects the people who eat the meat at some point later. Radioactivity is scary, but it isn’t magical.

    February 10th, 2014 10:06 am Reply
  • Lily

    I stocked up on canned tuna a while ago when it was on sale. I don’t just want to throw it all away unless necessary. How can I tell when it was packaged to get an idea if it was canned before the disaster? Or is there any other way to get an idea for whether it is safe to eat?

    February 10th, 2014 7:57 am Reply
  • Marcia Ann Radaker Collins via Facebook

    Thank you for the information.

    February 10th, 2014 7:18 am Reply
  • Raluca Schachter

    I avoided tuna long before the Fukushima disaster, since it’s very high in mercury. Sadly, it’s hard to find non-contaminated seafood these days.

    February 10th, 2014 5:38 am Reply
  • Greg Ventura via Facebook

    not very eco-concious of you to be consuming a fish that has been overfished to just 20% of their population just 40 years ago…and all you care about radiation is going to affect you? Fukushima may be the best thing to happen to the ocean’s wildlife…

    February 10th, 2014 2:09 am Reply
  • Gloria Cotton via Facebook

    Waterways poisoned by industry is not a new issue…if they don’t poison them directly (ie. factories next to large bodies of water) they poison them through other environmental sources, mainly air pollution.

    February 10th, 2014 1:38 am Reply
  • Gloria Cotton via Facebook

    Bravo! For making a hard decision. When most people are towing a political line and others are just believing the government is protecting them, while they fall prey to the ridiculous consumption limits set by agencies that Do NOT have their best interest in mind…But do have the interest of Big Business in mind and the avoidance of crippling an entire industry….

    Of all the foods with problems today, and this is not a short list, poisoning of the oceans, rivers and waterways has for YEARS made ALL foods from these sources unsafe for consumption – sorry folks this was even true well BEFORE the Fukushima issues. For those who think it is just Pacific Coast/Fukushima tainted foods, wake-up, no such luck! Sorry. xo

    February 10th, 2014 1:26 am Reply
  • Carol Askhew via Facebook

    Thank you so much for this article!!!

    February 10th, 2014 1:13 am Reply
  • Niki Giannini via Facebook

    Thanks for the in depth research, think i will continue avoiding tuna.

    February 10th, 2014 12:09 am Reply
  • Damara I. Friederich via Facebook

    Have stayed away from seafood. Playing it safe.

    February 9th, 2014 11:55 pm Reply
  • momawake

    Sometimes when I want an alternative view I go to They’ve done a few articles about Fukushima. Here’s one:

    February 9th, 2014 11:45 pm Reply
  • Laura Hernandez via Facebook

    BTW- Don’t trust Tepco or the Japanese Government for whatever they say about the disaster, just figure it’s a thousand times worse!!

    February 9th, 2014 11:09 pm Reply
  • Laura Hernandez via Facebook

    Well you sure as heck can’t trust the WHO, let alone our government. There is no end in site to this disaster, it will be ongoing until we die. They have no way to fix this, they don’t know how. The fish are swimming in MOX fuel, cesium, Plutonium, and Strontium which gets in your bones and causes cancer. I think if you eat anything out of the sea you are playing Russian roulette! I will not eat anything out of the sea anymore. The whole world is becoming tainted from Fukushima…not just the west coast, but all the way to Florida, and really the entire northern hemisphere. Please don’t rely on the government for testing, do your own research. Even if they did test I they would not publish accurate data.

    February 9th, 2014 11:04 pm Reply
  • Ruth Morgan via Facebook

    Very informative article, am going to share it so all those friends & family who think I’m a kook can read a well researched article on the subject.. I personally quit eating any Pacific seafood months ago, after learning just how dangerous the Pacific coast really is. It’s been a bit a bit of a hardship here too as my family also enjoys all seafood. Oh well, my cousin developed a seafood allergy in her 40s, so if she can give it up, so can we. Also kind of sad because we live in the Puget Sound area and used to send fresh seafood to friends & relatives out of state. We have a wonderful local market that will air express it overnight so it arrives fresh. Gone are the good old days!

    February 9th, 2014 10:41 pm Reply
    • dan steinberg

      This article is anything but well-researched. it is pure speculation and made up nonsense.

      There has been some scientific inveestigation of radiation levels in tuna. And the findings are that the levels are very low, lower than the natural radiation that occurs in bananas.

      February 9th, 2014 11:39 pm Reply
      • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        The natural radiation in bananas is not the same as the dangerous isotopes contaminating the Pacific from Fukushima. As mentioned in the article, the continued daily outflow of 300 million gallons per day now contains strontium-90 which is a bone seeking isotope even worse than the cesium radionuclides. Not all radiation is equal any more than the hollow argument dentists use that walking to your car you get more radiation from the sun than the dental xrays they try to push on you every 6 months.

        February 10th, 2014 7:29 am Reply
        • Steve

          Just too funny. Well more tuna for me.

          May 26th, 2015 12:57 am Reply
      • Mercedes

        You must be a paid shill.
        My reply to you is, eat the fish. Go ahead.

        February 14th, 2014 11:01 am Reply
  • JL

    This article is very well written and my comment is not intended toward you Sarah. However, after everything I’ve read about Fluoride and Chlorine in the water (among other contaminates), GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, Meat contaminated with antibiotics and the human growth hormones not to mention cloning and finally what I just read about geoengineering and the air we breath, I found that the best thing to do to avoid being poisoned or exposed to these contaminates is to stop eating, drinking and breathing. I don’t know about anyone else but, I’m tired of worrying about every little thing and I don’t have anywhere near the amount of money it takes to buy all the “good” foods/products so, I’m just going to put my life and times into the Lords hands and be done with it. God Bless and goodnight. :)

    P.S. Sarah, I really enjoy your blog, all your posts and recipes have been awesome. My comment is generalized and not intended toward any one person.

    February 9th, 2014 10:31 pm Reply
  • Liz J.

    Thankfully there is also the option to set up an aquaponics system in your backyard (or even in-doors if you wanted). Homegrown veggies and fish that feed eachother! Crazy as that may seem, until people realize how bad things are. And if they’re not really as bad as we think, well, congratulations, you’ve become more self sufficient and aren’t making your food travel thousands of miles to get to your plate. Obviously not everyone can do that, however by some estimates, if just 10% of people had gardens there would be plenty of food for everyone. Now add aquaponics to that and we’re all set!
    Maybe some genius will create fish farms based on this system so the farmed fish will be as nutritious as the wild caught, without the heavy metals etc.! I wonder what types of fish can be raised this way though. ponderous…

    February 9th, 2014 9:54 pm Reply
  • Shannon Shell Cline via Facebook

    FINALLY – a voice of reason. I cannot understand how anyone could trust the gov’t or rely on “well we just don’t know” and feel it’s safe to eat from the Pacific. We are finished eating from the sea for now. The Gulf is tainted, the Pacific is tainted and I don’t see it getting better in several lifetimes.

    February 9th, 2014 9:31 pm Reply
  • Alma Aranda via Facebook

    Does this affect tuna fish only or other species as well?

    February 9th, 2014 9:04 pm Reply
    • Mercedes

      All sea life is affected. The very food, plankton, is contaminated, now.
      The only safe place to eat fish is from aquariums like Chicago’s Shedd. I wonder who is privileged to eat the excess or if that is their ($$$) private food source.

      February 14th, 2014 10:59 am Reply
  • Sharon Cedrone Martin via Facebook

    i stopped eating tuna well before fukushima

    February 9th, 2014 8:50 pm Reply
  • John Duckett via Facebook

    I have just read your article and found it to be very well balanced. I have been concerned about the trend in the “real Food” community to be tainted by corporate sponsorship, and I have seen plenty of that bias in articles. However I see nothing of the sort in this article, the accusation of another commenter is baseless in my opinion, please continue to author such thoughtful and balanced articles. The issue of radiation in our food supply is nothing to ignore or to deny.

    February 9th, 2014 8:44 pm Reply
  • Fran Boston via Facebook

    well done !!

    February 9th, 2014 8:43 pm Reply
  • Bethany Sheridan Ficks via Facebook

    Sarah, do you think the day is coming when even cod liver oil won’t be safe? That even with all the benefits, it won’t be worth the exposure to radiation?

    February 9th, 2014 8:40 pm Reply
  • Elysee Carey via Facebook

    Niki Niki Giannini

    February 9th, 2014 8:33 pm Reply
  • Malgorzata Fairman via Facebook

    Everything that lives above the sea or ground has more radiation, than fish. One tuna portion has only 5% radiation of that found in one clean banana.

    February 9th, 2014 8:23 pm Reply
    • Beth

      What is the source for this statement about bananas?

      February 9th, 2014 11:36 pm Reply
    • Mercedes

      Such b.s., to compare the disaster at Fukushima to a banana. You are a shill.

      February 14th, 2014 10:56 am Reply
  • Donna Guevremont

    I have given up on tuna. I now buy canned chicken. Works great as a substitute.

    February 9th, 2014 8:23 pm Reply
    • Lisa

      You should consider canning your own chicken. I bought a pressure canner and that was the first thing I canned and still has been the easiest to do. I get the most beautiful boneless, skinless chicken breasts (fresh, never frozen) trucked in from Zaycon Foods ( in 40 lb. increments. I usually buy 80 lbs. and can 2/3 of it and freeze the rest. They aren’t from pastured chickens, but they are never given antibiotics or hormones and they are packaged fresh and delivered promptly to a pickup area not far from me for $1.84 lb.

      February 26th, 2014 11:21 am Reply
      • Diane

        Lisa, that is such a wonderful idea! I hope to learn how to can & I will definitely be canning chicken if I ever do!!

        February 1st, 2015 6:19 pm Reply
  • Heather Turlington Moses via Facebook

    All the tuna that is being tested is found to have radiation and the governments answer to that is raising the “safe” level of radiation. There is NO safe level of radiation. It’s not just the tuna. There are high levels of radiation being found in dairy products. We try our best to buy nothing from the West coast. I know people think we are crazy but when you have small children with developing bodies and minds you can’t knowingly feed them contaminated food. Unfortunately our food system is contaminated and corrupt.

    February 9th, 2014 8:08 pm Reply
    • Diane

      I totally agree! Very well said Heather; & I definitely worry more about my young son’s health than my husband & I.

      February 1st, 2015 6:20 pm Reply
  • Stacy Moran via Facebook

    Beth Schaap, i think you would like to read this article.

    February 9th, 2014 8:05 pm Reply
  • Christine Nimitz via Facebook

    Nothing is safe, April? Really? We all need to pay more attention & based on the Fukushima issues, I will probably stop eating fish. There is no current testing or monitoring by the US gov’t/fda/usda. I really like tuna & halibut, so I am very saddened by these issues.

    February 9th, 2014 7:59 pm Reply
  • Heather Felice Walker via Facebook

    I too haven’t been purchasing tuna from pacific waters. It does limit what kind and where I can get it, but it’s worth it.

    February 9th, 2014 7:58 pm Reply
  • Keri Brewster via Facebook

    Regardless of your position on this issue, I applaud Sarah for being willing to research it and decide what works best for her and her family. As of now, my family will also use caution and seek out only non-Pacific sources of tuna.

    February 9th, 2014 7:55 pm Reply
  • Amanda McCandliss via Facebook

    Of course its the only tuna Radiant Life sells. Its like you write your articles for the sole purpose of pushing their overpriced products. It really makes me wonder if I should be following you. Just my two cents about that.

    February 9th, 2014 7:47 pm Reply

      How about a little critical thinking,

      Sarah sourced good healthy non toxic food Radiant Life supplies it. The Vote with your dollar is the vote that favors you, and, when you buy real food, it wont be dirt cheap like that convenient devitalized cheap cheap corporate food, guaranteed to make health insurance a value at any price. Opt out and vote with your dollar buying real food that insures your health the right way.

      Thanks Sarah, I love that Emu Oil you recommended the other day, Radiant Life is speedy in their delivery.

      February 10th, 2014 4:42 pm Reply
  • April Davidson Hollingsworth via Facebook

    Nothing in this world is 100% safe. Just do the best you can. We will all die someday.

    February 9th, 2014 7:43 pm Reply
  • Kenneth

    Thanks for the great report. I will miss the Wild Alaskan Salmon more than any tuna. I was never fond of any Atlantic caught salmon as most found are farm raised. They never taste fresh.

    February 9th, 2014 6:02 pm Reply
  • Navitas

    Looks like I should get a Geiger counter to inspect sea food before eating it.

    February 9th, 2014 5:26 pm Reply
  • Carrie

    What about sea vegetables? We buy from Eden foods, I am assuming these would be contaminated as well?

    February 9th, 2014 5:15 pm Reply
  • Sus

    Thank you for your article! I have read so many articles since Fukushima that are full of misleading and confusing information. My husband was in the nuclear power field for 12 years, so I have trusted him to be the researcher in our family regarding this. For our family, we avoid all Pacific seafood, including Alaska salmon. (We’ve not done much research on the Alaska fish and river waters, so avoid it as a precaution. I’ve read such contradictory information!) This is especially important for children, as they have longer for their health to be effected. I love seafood, so this has been hard, especially as we live on the West Coast. Breast feeding my son has been my motivation to not take a chance with his health!

    February 9th, 2014 4:07 pm Reply
  • nancy

    Be careful with iodine supplementation. I originally decided it was prudent to supplement with a low dose of iodine after fukishima. This caused iodine induced hypothyroidism. Luckily, I knew enough to see a holistic endocrinologist after a nurse practitioner prescribed thyroid medication for life. My doc helped me heal the accidental poisoning I did to myself with iodine. (All of that and I have a master’s degree in holistic health, which helps me make very educated decisions.)
    My thyroid tests back in the normal range, yet I am still 15 lbs up and feel some symptoms of hypothyroid. This can take a couple of years to re balance, even with in labs in range.

    Aside from all of the potential radiation you’d be eating if you eat fish, my sources are more concerned about mercury. I have Six MD friends, all with different specialties, and none will eat fish anymore due to mercury. I have a handful of additional doc friends who will eat it, but only once per month. One Dr. friend of mine had a patient who went to fish mongers in the hawaiin islands, and alaska, and had every single fish available for purchase lab tested. NOT ONE was within “acceptable” ranges for heavy metals.
    So Sad–our oceans are poisoned.

    February 9th, 2014 4:03 pm Reply
    • sarah

      Nancy, what do you think of this product? I just started a bottle of it for adrenal support, to try to fight night sweats (I am far from menopause).

      February 11th, 2014 2:21 pm Reply
      • amanda

        Sara – If you are having night sweats and it’s not menopause you might want to visit somebody who practices Chinese medicine for acupuncture and herbs. They are really good at figuring out the root cause of your problem and bringing you back into balance.

        February 26th, 2014 8:52 am Reply
  • Sherry

    For constant updates on the Fukushima situation, suggest you start with

    the following link:

    (we had to face the harsh reality that no seafood is safe to eat)

    February 9th, 2014 2:53 pm Reply
    • Mercedes

      Excellent source of information.
      Right on!

      February 14th, 2014 10:53 am Reply
  • Pat


    February 9th, 2014 2:47 pm Reply
    • Pat

      Thanks for your research & for bringing this issue to the forefront again. Beyond the radiation issue, what about the Atlantic Ocean BP oil spill + the chemicals used for cleanup? Seems there are frequent oil spills everywhere (Exxon, Costa Concordia, etc). We need to be concerned with ALL ocean currents.

      And the media wonders why whales are beaching themselves!

      Some people never left Chernobyl & they look pretty healthy after 27 years. Some are moving back to live there even tho radioactive readings are still unacceptable. Oddly enough, they grow & eat the food there. Perhaps their thyroids were filled with enough iodine just in time before health damage could set in. A recent TV documentary I saw didn’t offer any conclusions why. The residents they interviewed were probably in their 80’s. Chernobyl is now a tourist attraction – go figure!

      The only fish I eat right now are Canadian Sardines. IMO they are small & young enough not to consume enough of the ocean radiation & contaminants. And FWIW, I take seaweed capsules & sometimes powdered kelp.

      February 9th, 2014 2:48 pm Reply
  • Erin

    I never thought about the fish oils being contaminated. My kids take the Carlson brand cod oil which says it is from Norway. I take Swanson brand fish oil and I’m not sure we should continue using any of these at this point. Maybe the Carlson brand is still a good choice? (I’m hoping) I am also hoping the Alaskan salmon is safe to consume because we have been eating this in place of tuna.

    February 9th, 2014 1:44 pm Reply
  • Judy

    Thanks for this article. I really have not thought about this until reading your article. I too take fermented cod liver oil and skate liver oil by green pasture. Should I be concerned about these?

    February 9th, 2014 12:48 pm Reply
  • Julie

    Adrienne, would you mind naming the source of the fclo who wouldn’t name where their cod came from? We take green pastures. Thanks!

    February 9th, 2014 12:30 pm Reply
  • Adrienne

    I have been under treatment with a TCM doctor, in Hollywood, and the only fish that he will allow me to eat is wild caught halibut. I stopped taking fermented cod liver oil about a year ago, because my MD was concerned about mercury and other contaminants, as the manufacturer did not disclose the source of the cod used. This situation concerns me for the future generations. Thanks for this post.

    February 9th, 2014 12:05 pm Reply
    • Judy

      Hi Sarah, Thanks for this article! Great info! What are your thoughts on taking fermented cod and skate liver oil?

      February 9th, 2014 11:15 pm Reply
  • Bob

    Salmon tend to hug the coastlines after exiting the rivers and do not migrate anywhere near like the tuna, however that ship too may have sailed at this point and may not be safe at this point either.

    February 9th, 2014 11:57 am Reply
  • Michelle Goldstein

    Thanks for your in depth article.

    February 9th, 2014 11:52 am Reply
  • Heather

    I would not consider salmon safe either.

    February 9th, 2014 11:47 am Reply
  • aliyanna

    Since tuna and large predatory type fish are a major source of mercury, I believe that the answer is still the same as it was before this terrible mess. No. Mercury toxicity is too great a risk for children. And if your kids have immune systems that aren’t the best…then it is even more of a problem. So for the sake of our children, I would say don’t eat tuna or other predatory fish.

    There are other ways of getting what we need thru foods without tuna. Kelp, dulse and other sea plants are great for iodine. There are some great iodine drops, such as Magnascent Iodine. The oils…I would rather take cold pressed fermented cod liver oil. As a mom of autistic kiddoes….I err toward the side of caution.

    February 9th, 2014 11:44 am Reply
  • Deena

    Since salmon wasn’t mentioned in this article, I’m assuming it’s a much safer fish to eat. I’ve been buying canned wild Alaskan salmon and using that to replace tuna in recipes. It makes a good sandwich spread too!

    February 9th, 2014 11:42 am Reply
    • Sarah Pope

      The case for avoiding tuna from the Pacific is fairly convincing in my opinion given their migratory patterns with the case for avoiding other wild Pacific seafood less convincing However, given a choice I go for Atlantic wild seafood every time now.

      February 9th, 2014 2:19 pm Reply
  • Bob


    Would you please give us the source of the tuna from Portugal that you have started to purchase?
    Perhaps others would like to stack up while they can.

    February 9th, 2014 11:41 am Reply
  • Tina

    Thank you Sarah, for posting this! I have been avoiding pacific coast fish for a while now, and wonder at times if it’s even necessary based on the many confusing things I’ve read. I live near the Oregon coast, and can my own tuna yearly. We are very fortunate to have such wonderful tuna here. Several years ago, I canned nearly 500 lbs of the stuff, and I’m so glad I did. The several cases that I have left are now considered gold to me as these were canned before the earthquake happened, so that tuna is ‘safe’. Sadly, I won’t be canning tuna in the near future. Thanks for clarifying and giving us another option!

    February 9th, 2014 11:40 am Reply
  • Andrea @Andreas Kitchen

    We don’t eat tuna at all now because of the radiation possibility. After learning about the dangers of GMO and glyphosate in our foods (and our government telling us that it is all safe to eat), we don’t automatically believe anything anymore. The WHO is obviously trying to prevent a widespread panic because they have no idea how to fix the leaking radiation and the resulting contamination to our oceans.
    I have talked to a few people about the reality of radiation contaminating seafood from the Pacific and they had not thought about the possibility. A lot of people have forgotten about the Fukushima disaster and since it is not coming up in the news much, they have had no reason to worry about the seafood supply. It’s scary because by the time people start getting cancers and other diseases from this, it will be too late.

    February 9th, 2014 11:38 am Reply
    • Bob

      I stated on day 3, that everybody in the world should have been in Japan forcing a fix when it was fixable. Silence was the only response. There is a concerted and purposeful effort to prevent ANY news from Fukushima from entering any press outlet, both from the “left” and the “right” but ESPECIALLY the “right”! The same is true of GMO news, but this is primarily due to the neo’s

      February 9th, 2014 11:50 am Reply
  • Wendy

    This was a great article that puts things in perspective. I don’t eat tuna due to mercury toxicity, let alone radiation!
    I have a seafood survival guide that clearly explains which fish are safe to eat, which are not and why.

    February 9th, 2014 11:38 am Reply
  • heather

    We have completely stopped eating seafood long ago, right after the BP thing, really, and the nuclear disaster only underlined it, and since Fukushima we have begun a very carefully thought out iodine protocol in our home, which has really boosted everyone’s health and made huge strides in everyone’s well being and overall mood. Why the WAPF blogosphere hasn’t really gotten the iodine knowledge outside a few people has mystified me… maybe there aren’t enough sponsors giving out freebies and discounts to bloggers. But at any rate, it has really helped us, along with magnesium. Those things with the traditional foods, have made our household complete and has answered the last few nagging health problems.

    February 9th, 2014 11:28 am Reply
    • Noni

      Can you share your protocol for iodine & magnesium? I’m here on the West coast & although I don’t eat fish, there is so much more to be concerned about, especially in the years to come. I thank you prior. I also know that you can only share what you do, not necessarily recommend it for me personally.

      February 9th, 2014 1:10 pm Reply
      • heather

        Over half the country is magnesium deficient- I recommend to everyone to take nightly or 4-5 times a week magnesium baths. Magnesium chloride salts. And also a great magnesium glycinate supplement- Premier research labs makes a wonderful one.
        You must be careful with iodine protocol. I am a homeopathic practitioner, and I seriously advise that you follow up with periods labwork and also with your medical practitioner, whomever it may be, so that it does not screw you and your family up, doing things willy nilly in the advice of random internet me or bloggers, which happens a lot in the traddy food world. It is a wonderful protocol if done correctly with supervision or with know how.
        I recommend googling Dr. Brownstein as well as Dr. Mark Sircus, two pioneers in the iodine world. They have really brought it out and, especially in Dr. Brownstein’s case, healed thousands of disease and even cancer with their protocols.
        You cannot just take iodine by itself, you must take companion nutrients with it- thus the “protocol” or you will really interfere with the thyroid, though honestly most people are hypo and don’t realize it anyway I’m today’s toxic world.
        Selenium, real sea salt, natural Vitamin C (Amla or premier research labs again) and a very good b component complex are to be taken along with the iodine. No kelp! Kelp is from the beleaguered ocean.
        Iodine is sourced from either Iodoral, a tablet or Lugol’s solution, an iodine/iodide mix of 5%.
        If you research the Brownstein iodine protocol, you will find a plethora of information and ways to begin. Good luck!
        Dr. Sircus’ website is also wonderful, though he advocates a weaker, more expensive form of iodine called nascent iodine. He is great too, though.

        February 9th, 2014 6:53 pm Reply
        • heather

          To clarify- the real salt is either from Redmonds in UT or the Celtic gray salt from France or the flake salt from France. Also, chlorine and fluoride compete for iodine receptors in the thyroid gland. If you still use fluoride toothpaste or have fluoridated/chlorinated water, get a filter and use baking soda to brush teeth- also stay out of pools and hot tubs unless they are salt. Bromide is a huge competitor too, used in hot tubs and also when bread is made with brominated flour, all that bromide accumulates in the body and is toxic. Pepperidge farms, Wegman’s, Fresh Market, Lowe’s Food’s, and locally made organic items usually make bread with unbrominated flour for people who don’t have time to soak and sprout the fancy stuff.

          February 9th, 2014 7:06 pm Reply
          • Ayesha

            Hi Heather,
            Thank you for the information. What flouride water filter do you use? I’ve been searching for a flouride filter pitcher. I saw one online, but haven’t been able to find it again. Thank you for whatever insight you can give.

            February 10th, 2014 12:23 pm
          • Gwen

            Ayesha, personally I use a Zero water pitcher…it removes literally everything!

            February 10th, 2014 1:17 pm
          • Beth

            I’d suggest the Berkey water filter with fluoride attachment.

            February 12th, 2014 5:30 pm
  • BS

    I second the interest in fish oil supplements, along with salmon from Alaska!

    February 9th, 2014 11:21 am Reply
  • Stacey

    Sarah, what are your thoughts about wild caught Alaskan salmon?
    (I’ve got some in my freezer & some canned in my cupboard)…..

    February 9th, 2014 11:19 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Since salmon are not as highly migratory as tuna, it would definitely be a safer choice although not entirely without risk. However, keep tabs on this story as the situation is definitely going to change in the coming years.

      February 10th, 2014 8:37 am Reply
    • Mercedes

      The whole western coast of the America’s has been radiated. Embrace the horror. I no longer eat ocean fish. We have a pond on our property which we stock. Get to know people who will allow you to fish or buy their fresh water fish.

      February 14th, 2014 10:51 am Reply
  • HD

    I would be very interested in your assessment of fish oil supplements as they relate to fukushima.

    February 9th, 2014 11:05 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The source of the fish would be of paramount importance. Note that much of the fish oil on the market comes from farmed fish treated with antibiotics and fed GMOs. Be wary … quality and source matter.

      February 10th, 2014 8:39 am Reply
      • Diane

        Does anyone know how Barlean’s measures up??

        February 1st, 2015 6:33 pm Reply
  • Michelle Lilly

    Sarah, I completely agree with you. I haven’t fed my kids tuna is a very long time. Would you mind sharing your source of Atlantic tuna? Also, do you know where Green Pastures sources their Cod? I looked but didn’t see where, thought it was Alaskan Pacific waters?? We take our Cod Liver Oil everyday… wouldn’t that be a concern too?

    February 9th, 2014 10:49 am Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The cod comes from the North Atlantic, I’m pretty sure so should be ok for the time being. Please see the link in the article for the tuna source. I will keep this updated.

      February 9th, 2014 2:22 pm Reply
      • Mercedes

        You have to understand this. The whole northern hemisphere is radiated. Even in New Zealand there are reports of radiation burns.
        Did you know that Japan has placed a moratorium on news regarding radiation and Fukushima? Did you know that GE is a part of this nightmare? Did you know that Obama on 3/11/11 told the nation that there was nothing to worry about? He is just a tool, I do not vote, what is the point? Both parties are part of this agenda.
        On the radchicks website are videos of air travels with their radiation monitors recording how high the exposure really is. The government will not tell you this, this is something you have to seek.
        Eat as pure as you possibly can. The paleo diet is a good step forward.
        Good luck to all.

        February 14th, 2014 10:46 am Reply
        • Bill

          Why do you have to bring politics into this discussion???

          February 26th, 2014 9:19 pm Reply
  • Moirraine

    Thank you for your in depth and honest assessment of the tuna and indeed, all pacific seafood since a lot of it is even more dangerous when considering bottom feeding shellfish and other fishes.

    I won’t eat tuna until they can prove that there is no mercury and now no radiation and where It is sourced from – which right now the government is still fighting as are the many food manufacturers and the grocery association.

    We need labels and comprehensive testing more than ever.

    February 9th, 2014 10:11 am Reply
  • Laura

    Thank you for your in depth look at this issue. I have been concerned as well.
    My first thought since this incident happened is CAUTION! We have just skipped tuna altogether. When we don’t know for sure if the tuna has been contaminated, giving up a sandwich is no big deal! Why even chance it??

    February 9th, 2014 10:03 am Reply
    • Sherri

      We have a friend that was a nuclear sub engineer several years ago and started following radiation levels right after Fukushima happened. All US sites of recording went off line and have not gone back up. By his calculations, the Pacific Ocean has been trashed for at least 120,000 years. Yes, I typed that number correctly. We gave up tuna shortly after the incident realizing that the tuna migrated and they would soon be on our shores. We are also trying to grow as much of our food as possible as the west coast is contaminated so thus the produce from there. If you check a few sites, you will find the infant mortality rate in CA has increased by 35% and in PAv(due to the jet streams) it has increased by 48% since this happened. We need to be very careful and everyone needs to check into taking iodine.

      February 9th, 2014 11:00 am Reply
      • Beth

        Can you please share your source for the info about the infant mortality rise in CA since Fukushima?

        February 9th, 2014 1:09 pm Reply
        • J FAshian

          I did some online checking myself and I just read that the CA infant mortality rate has DECREASED by 31% in 2013.

          February 9th, 2014 3:00 pm Reply
          • Mary

            Do you really think that the government is giving you the truth? If they would report this or anything about Fukushima, there would be panic. This is why iodine costs so much now and I think that’s why you can only get clear iodine at the pharmacies, which I doubt works.

            February 10th, 2014 9:12 am
      • watchmom3

        I have a little confusion about iodine; I understand that if you have any adrenal or thyroid issues, you should use caution with iodine and use kelp or other iodine-rich food sources. Anyone else know about this? Thank you!

        February 11th, 2014 10:10 am Reply
      • Robin

        I’m interested in the CA infant mortality rate. I live in Cali, know dozens of people who’ve given birth in the past 2 years and all of those children are alive and healthy. According to your stat, 30% would be at least 4 at the very least if I only knew of 12 babies, which I know of many more than that.

        February 26th, 2014 11:35 am Reply
        • Erin

          I don’t know the source she used, but a mortality rate that increases by 30% is not the same as a 30% mortality rate.

          February 26th, 2014 3:38 pm Reply
        • Diane

          I live in CA & I’m not sure of the infant mortality rate… own son was born before the Fukushima disaster. I think the bigger concern, to my knowledge anyways, is for children’s thyroids in the future. Typically they soak up the radiation while they are young but it won’t be until later in life that the damage is visible.

          February 1st, 2015 6:36 pm Reply
    • Mercedes

      There are many dedicated websites as well as updated information available. I will list a few to get you started: features Radnet Air Monitoring, radchicks, features Dr. Yoichi Shimatsu every Monday for Fukushima updates, Dr. Loren Moret, Dr. Helen Caldicott.
      The problem with tuna/fish even in the Atlantic is that England as well as other countries in the 80’s dumped their nuclear waste in steel drums which of course has to be totally exposed.
      You can fight back, the Radchicks features mitigation methods. The host was herself exposed to cesium in Michigan.
      I wash everything with baking soda, I do not buy ANYTHING from California. I also place zeolite in my fridge, it pulls the heavy metals out of everything. It goes through plastic, glass, etc.
      Eating healthy is the key. Alpha Lipoic Acid is reported to kick radiations arse.
      Do not believe the disinformation people that are obviously on this site. Search for your own answers. Self education and questioning everything will keep you and your family safer.
      Peace to all…

      February 14th, 2014 10:37 am Reply
      • Sierra

        Which brand/type of Zeolite do you put in your fridge and do you literally just place it inside? Opened I’m assuming?

        February 26th, 2014 10:24 am Reply
      • Diane

        I would also love to know what brand of zeolite you buy?

        February 1st, 2015 6:39 pm Reply
    • Velma

      Well I never believe what the World Health Organization says because simply put declassified information involving their role in many evils is made clear today. They have no interest in health other than applying any means necessary to decrease the worlds population by destroying it!!!!!!!!!!!!! However, I do agree that it is just not worth the risk. Especially since our children are still being inoculated with high doses of heavy metals (mercury and such) in their vaccines. The cases of law suits Big Pharma is facing in relation to autism and some vaccines is so big in fact courts have set aside a special court to deal with the high volume cases so that they are not high profile.each time one comes up.

      March 17th, 2014 2:32 pm Reply

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