Fish and seafood caught in the Russian Far East. Photo/sputnik
MOSCOW – Fish caught in the seas of the Russian Far East since Japan began dumping wastewater from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (PLTN) into the sea last week did not show excessive levels of radiation.
The data was announced by Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary watchdog, Rosselkhoznadzor.
According to the agency, 443 samples of fish products, including cod, fluke, walleye pollock, halibut, salmon, crab, shellfish and canned food, were studied by experts.
“There were no positive findings in the products tested, with radiation levels in them within the normal range,” said Rosselkhoznadzor.
“The results demonstrate the safety of fish products,” the institute said.
The agency’s laboratories in the Far East monitor fish products regularly, but have stepped up their activity since Tokyo announced plans to dispose of treated radioactive wastewater from nuclear power plants affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
Japan began dumping the liquid into the sea last week, as part of a UN-approved plan.
This water was used to cool the nuclear reactor which was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, so that the reactor did not melt completely.
Despite claims that the liquid is completely safe, Tokyo’s actions sparked strong reactions from neighboring countries, China, South Korea and North Korea.