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Japanese Radiation Called No Threat to North American Fish Fans
Date:4/12/2011

onsumption is harvested well south of Tokyo so it's well far afield [from the nuclear-reactor problems]."

Also, the half-life principle refers to iodine in seaweed as well, meaning that it is a problem that will go away in time.

"All levels of contaminants are so low that they would not come anywhere near a level that would possibly be hazardous. We do tests on patients that use 1,000 times that level of radiation and there's no concern," said Dr. Irwin Klein, chief of the thyroid center at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. "The worst thing would be for someone to overreact and take potassium iodide. That could end up harming them. In the U.S., we have nothing to be concerned about with regard to the tragedy in Japan."

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The FDA has more on radiation safety in the wake of the Japanese tragedies.

SOURCES: Kory Gill, D.O., assistant professor, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, and physician, Texas A&M Physicians in Bryan; Nicholas Fisher, Ph.D., professor of marine and atmospheric sciences, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Jacqueline Williams, Ph.D., program director for radiation medicine, Center for Biophysical Assessment and Risk Management Following Irradiation, University of Rochester Medical Center, New York; Irwin Klein, M.D., chief, thyroid center, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y.


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