Radioactive traces from Japan found in NW albacore tuna

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 10:21 PM

LONGVIEW, Wash. -- Oregon State University researchers say they have found traces of radioactive cesium from last year's Japanese nuclear reactor disaster in West Coast albacore tuna.

The researchers say the amount is far too small to harm people who eat the fish, and fishermen said they don't see any harm to the business.

The Longview Daily News reports university and federal scientists collected and tested fish caught off the West Coast before and after the March 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami that caused a nuclear reactor to release radioactive material.

The OSU team's findings are in line with work by researchers in California, who announced in May that they had found traces of radioactive cesium in bluefin tuna caught off the southern coast.

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