Canadian fish to be tested for radiation

Aug. 20, 2011 at 11:08 PM
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VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will be testing fish off the coast of British Columbia for radiation due to the nuclear disaster in Japan.

However, the agency says it expects radiation levels found in fish tested will be below Health Canada's level of concern, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday.

CFIA has tested 165 food products from Japan, all of which were found to be safe for consumption.

Activist groups are doubting the sincerity of the fish testing; calling it a political move.

"If they were actually concerned about the health of people and the fish, they would have started this actually at the beginning of the commercial openings. But to release this two days before the disease hearings at the Cohen inquiry, to me it's a political statement, it's a political effort to appear responsible," said Alexandra Morton of the Raincoast Research Society, referring to the Cohen Commission hearings into the collapse of the 2009 Fraser River sockeye salmon run that resumed in Vancouver this week.

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