Seafood importers around the globe have been in a state of trepidation regarding potential radioactive contamination, following the discharge of wastewater from the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant. These concerns have now been put to rest with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirming that seafood imports from Japan are devoid of harmful radioactivity levels.
The FDA’s Deputy Secretary-General, Lertchai Lertvut, offered clarifying details. He stated that before the release of the treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean by Japan on August 12–more than ten years after the nuclear disaster–rigorous safety measures were enforced.
Lertvut went on to elucidate that the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation’s Office of Atoms for Peace collected a vast array of imported seafood samples, like squid, molluscs, and crabs, for testing. Scienstists evaluated for possible contaminant and potential radioactive elements, namely caesium-134 and caesium-137.
Test results came back relieving. From 75 seafood samples sourced from Fukushima, there were no radioactive traces exceeding international benchmarks found on 42. Examination of the remaining samples continue, and the results are eagerly anticipated.
Lertvut made a firm declaration: any seafood found to be tainted with radiation beyond international norms will be disposed of straightaway, and its importation will be halted immediately. He reassured importers and consumers that the FDA has placed all necessary measures to confirm that seafood entering Thailand remains free from radioactive contamination.
In related events, a missing radioactive cylinder of caesium-137 was located at Chow Steel Industries Public Company Limited’s smelting factory in Prachin Buri province. The environmental implications of smelting such a cylinder remain unknown. Nevertheless, officials hold firm that the dust from the procedure remained contained within the factory’s boundaries, which sits located in the Nong Ki subdistrict in the Kabin Buri district.
Officials from the Office of Atoms for Peace detected traces of caesium-137 in the furnace at the Chow Steel Industries’ smelting factory. More details about this event are available HERE.
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