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No elevated levels of radiation found in North Pacific salmon samples

salmon-fillets-180.jpgOn January 7, 2014, Loki Fish Company announced that laboratory analysis of five salmon species harvested by its fishermen in Puget Sound and Southeast Alaska during 2013 show no indications of elevated radiation levels.

Radiation testing

In response to customer concerns over radiation releases into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima, fisherman-owned Loki Fish Company contracted with internationally accredited Eurofins Analytical Laboratories of Metaire, Louisiana to conduct radiation testing on seven stocks of wild salmon.

loki-fishing-boat.jpgLoki harvests and direct markets wild salmon through King County Farmers’ Markets and through national wholesale distribution. Tests were conducted on Pink, Keta, Coho, Sockeye and King salmon from southeast Alaska, and Pink and Keta salmon from Puget Sound.

Unsubstantiated rumors

Although the FDA contends that there is no evidence that radionuclides from Fukushima are present in Alaskan and Pacific Northwest seafood at a level that would be harmful to human health, it has not published results.

Meanwhile unsubstantiated rumors regarding the safety of North Pacific seafood have become widespread on the internet.

Results of the tests

"As fishing families who put salmon on the table of consumers, we are as concerned as anyone about the health of our marine ecology," said Pete Knutson, fisherman and co-owner of Loki. "We have long been active in environmental issues which affect salmon stocks and believe that environmental defense needs to be driven by science, not fear."

All seven stocks of salmon were tested for the radionuclides associated with the nuclear plant failures in Japan: Cesium 134, Cesium 137, and Iodine 131. Of the seven samples, five did not register detectable levels of radionuclides. Two of the samples registered at trace levels – Alaskan Keta at 1.4Bq/kg for Cesium 137, and Alaskan Pink at 1.2Bq/kg for Cesium 134. There were no detectable levels of iodine-131 in any samples.

salmon-broccoli-180.jpgTo put those numbers in perspective, the critical limit set by the FDA for either Cesium-134 or Cesium-137 is 370 Bq/kg, far above the amount found in Loki’s Alaskan Keta and Pink salmon.

Enjoy your wild seafood with confidence!

Check out our delicious range of wild salmon fillets, smoked salmon and salmon caviar from Loki Fish Company.


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