South Korea fisheries safe for consumption

South Korea fisheries safe for consumption

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On August 2, 2013, the government of South Korea said that the country’s fishery products are nearly free of radiation and safe to eat. This announcement has been made by the government due to new public concern regarding the fact that there might be a possible contamination from radioactive leakage in Japan, more than two years ago.

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So far, the country tested 165 samples of 15 species, which included mackerel, cuttlefish and also different kinds of seaweed, which are considered to be the most popular delicacies. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said that the results showed that 14 of the samples were completely free of radiation and also stated that a very small amount of radioactive material was detected in tangleweed.

In a press release, the ministry said, “A very small amount (3.65-5.25 becquerel/kilogram) of iodine was detected in six samples of tangleweed, but they, too, have been confirmed to be safe as the amount is far less than the standard level (300 bequerel/Kilogram)”. In recent times, there were concerns regarding exposure and intake of radiation, which started shortly after the radiation leak.

The leak happened at the Fukushima nuclear power plant during the March 2011 tsunami disaster.

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