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Alaska seafood confirmed as free from radiation

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Alaska health authorities working with the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have determined that salmon, cod, halibut and other species are free from radioactive contamination from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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The announcement was made following tests carried out on Alaska seafood sampling by state Department of Environmental Conservation at the FDA's Winchester Engineering Analytical Center in Winchester, Massachusetts.

In order to perform the tests, samples were collected last year from four of five Alaska salmon species, including king, chum, sockeye and pink, which spend part of their lives in the western Pacific Ocean. Besides, this year samples were taken from coho salmon, halibut, pollock, sablefish and Pacific cod but not pink salmon.

Health authorities stated that test results were in line with water-quality sampling done in 2014 by a nonprofit group, Cook Inletkeeper. And they added that Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has sampled along the West Coast since 2011 and found no levels of concern.

These results were confirmed by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which said studies had been coordinated with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Public Health, federal and international entities to address continued public concerns.


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