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Radiation Tests Clear Vital Choice Fish … Again

In September of 2012, we re-tested four of the species we offer: North Pacific albacore tuna, Alaskan halibut, Alaskan sockeye salmon, and Alaskan cod.

We chose to re-test those four species because they are the most likely – due to migration and diet habits – to accumulate any accident-related radionuclides from Japan.

The only unsafe radionuclides (radioactive elements) released in significant amounts from the stricken nuclear plant have been Cesium 134, Cesium 137, and Iodine 131.

Reassuringly, Eurofins found no detectable Cesium-134 or Iodine 131 in any of the samples, and they found only a barely detectable, clearly safe level of Cesium 137 in samples of our Alaskan cod:

Cesium 134: None detected

Cesium 137: Only Cod had a barely detectable level (1.2 Bq/kg*), just over the lowest detectable level (1.0 Bq/kg.

  • This is less than 15% of the maximum combined level of Cesium 137 + 134 normally found in fish (10 Bq/kg).
  • It is just 0.1% of the FDA’s level of concern (DIL*) for combined Cesium 137 + 134 levels in foods (1200 Bq/kg).

Iodine 131: None detected - any Iodine 131 present fell below the detectable level (2.0 Bq/kg).

  • This means that all seafood tested contained less than 1.2% of the FDA’s Derived Intervention Level (DIL) for Iodine 131 (170 Bq/kg). Iodine 131 decays to safe forms within about two weeks after its creation.

*To learn about the terms referenced here (Bq/kg and DILs) – and to put the results in further perspective – see “Vital Choice Fish Pass the Test with Flying Colors”.


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