India Halts All Food Imports From Japan After Fukushima Fish Found With Excess Radioactivity

Tyler Durden's picture

After dumping thousands of tons of radioactive water in the sea, Japan appears to have been stunned to find that the radioactive content of various fish has surged and is now above just imposed radiation safety thresholds. From Kyodo: "Japan hastily set a legal limit Tuesday for the permitted level of
radioactive iodine in seafood as safety concerns spread overseas in the
wake of continuing leaks contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean from
the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The limit of 2,000 bequerels per kilogram set by the Ministry of Health,
Labor and Welfare for radioactive iodine in marine products such as
fish and shellfish is the same as that already adopted for vegetables,
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a press conference. The imposition of the limit followed the detection by Japanese
authorities 4,080 bequerels per kilogram of radioactive iodine in young
sand lance caught Friday off Kitaibaraki in Ibaraki Prefecture, which
prompted the health ministry to consider setting a limit for fish and
clams. Different young sand lance, also caught near Kitaibaraki, were found to
be contaminated with 526 bequerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium,
exceeding the legal limit of 500 bequerels already set by Japan." And now that Japan has another crisis scenario fall out to deal with, other countries no longer have faith that Japan has any control over the situation and are imposing complete bans on Japanese food imports: first India, and soon everyone else. Expect sushi prices to surge momentarily.

From Kyodo:

India said Tuesday it will suspend food imports from Japan for about three months to prevent food contaminated with radioactive substances leaked from the crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant from entering the country, Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Specific food items subject to the suspension were not immediately disclosed, but marine products and fresh fruits are expected to be among them.

India's health ministry said the import suspension will last until it can obtain reliable data proving that the levels of leaked radioactive substances are safe, according to PTI.

Not to be outdone, Japan once again has proven it is completely clueless, and is dealing with the catastrophe in the only way it knows - denial:

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano dismissed the need for an immediate ban on shipments of marine products from the affected areas, but he pledged to toughen inspections to ensure that contaminated products do not reach markets.

The government will make further efforts to provide sufficient information to other countries through diplomatic channels regarding its efforts to contain the leak of radioactive substances from the plant, the top government spokesman added.

Given that radioactive substances exceeding safety limits have only been found in a small number of samples so far, Edano said, ''We want to proceed by monitoring (contamination) closely and grasping the broader situation rather than immediately regulating'' shipments.

And while the diplomatic wrangling over who is right and who is wrong is about to spike in earnest, Japan can kiss its fishing industry goodbye, as well as scrap food exports for the indefinite future.

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TruthInSunshine's picture

The pollies will show up screaming that BRIC & POMO will save the world 'o equities, and that Japan will have Fukushima cleaned up and like brand new in a few weeks.

Step right up to The Bernank's Funhouse, and be exhilarated just like you were in 2008, folks, because you'll never be wrong being long with The Bernank Put under yo ass.

Thorlyx's picture

"brand new"  or glowing new ?

espirit's picture

Worse, much worse. Report from on site and on the ground in NuKuFuKu although dated.

Sweet Chicken's picture

The article doesn't speak of the SFP until two thirds into the second page. They report that the danger posed by them is greater than the cores yet there is little or no reporting on them.

Homey Da Clown's picture

Radiation too high? No problem. Simply raise the "safe" level!


Japan’s government announced on Tuesday its first radiation safety standards for fish, hours after the operator of a crippled nuclear power plant said that seawater collected near the facility contained radiation several million times the legal limit.

The new standards were announced after a sample of kounago fish, or sand lance, that was caught last Friday off the coast halfway between the plant and Tokyo was found to have high levels of radioactive iodine 131.

The small fish had 4,080 becquerels of iodine 131 per kilogram (2.2 pounds). The new standard allows up to 2,000 becquerels of iodine 131 per kilogram…


Too bad other countries are not buying the BS.


Food Contaminants, Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety, April 1, 2011:

[Emphasis Added]

What are the criteria adopted at present in testing the level of radioactive contamination in Japanese food products, and the measures to be adopted when some food products are found to have a level of radioactive contamination exceeding the normal standard?

CFS currently adopts the standards laid down by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which are international standards, in the Guidelines Levels for Radionuclides in Food following Accidental Nuclear Contamination in testing the radiation levels of food. Relevant radionuclides include iodine-131 (100 Bq/kg), caesium-134 and caesium-137 (1,000 Bq/kg), etc, which are most closely associated with health risks.

If a consignment of food is tested to have exceeded the contamination standard, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department will immediately detain that consignment and arrange for disposal.


And like clockwork, the Obama Administration keeps telling people to disregard the BIG RED WARNING signs...


U.S. public-health officials sought Tuesday to reassure consumers about the safety of food in the U.S., including seafood, amid news that fish contaminated with unusually high levels of radioactive materials had been caught in waters 50 miles from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

No contaminated fish have turned up in the U.S., or in U.S. waters, according to experts from the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They expressed confidence that even a single fish sufficiently contaminated to pose a risk to human health would be detected by the U.S. monitoring system.

They also dismissed concerns that eating fish contaminated at the levels seen so far in Japan would pose such a risk.

Flounder's picture

Nothing is fucked here Dude. Nothing is fucked. They're a bunch of fucking amateurs!

Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director-general of Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), said Japan was trying to adhere to its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to avoid contamination of the ocean.



Al Gorerhythm's picture

Japan dumping radioactive waste into the sea for scientific purposes. Next they'll tell us that the purpose is to spread the risk thereby reducing systemic risk. Sounds all too familiar. AAA contamination rating by raising the contamination safety levels.

jus_lite_reading's picture

THIS is definitely bullshi... I mean bullish for the Japanese fishing industry. And whats bullish for their fishing industry is bullish for the whole auto industry and whats bullish for the suto industry is bullish for home builders here in the US of A...... YEE HAW!

nkktwotwozero's picture

Teh Bernank did himself a TEPCO.

NOT 2% inflation, 200,000%!



Brawndo! It's got what Nuclear Plants Crave!

Commander Cody's picture

How much ya wanna bet that most countries will raise "acceptable" levels of radioactive contamination in food and water in order to avoid a systemic financial breakdown?  Black swans to the left of me, black swans to the right, stuck in the middle again.

pyite's picture

Please keep in mind the incredibly short half life of radio-iodine.  Yes this is a problem, but not a permanent one.  If they find fish with excessive levels of Plutonium, on the other hand, we are fucked.


anonnn's picture

OT...NHK reports Reactors 5 and 6 flooding to threaten EmergDieselGens in turbine bldgs.that power coolant pumps.

Also see youtube today by "leakspinner" in Tokyo [he refers to 4 and 5, then corrects to 5 and 6.]:

Thorlyx's picture

Don't worry, Tepco is in charge.

Zero Govt's picture

...yep, here comes the Japanese Govt, an even bigger collection of clowns, to take over: "All is well, the fish will stop glowing, the Yen will stop rocketing, the stock market will hold and we'll even find tenants for Tokyo!"

i-dog's picture

Good grief! ... if a few gallons of radioactive groundwater running into the turbine building could bring down the emergency diesel generators, what the fuck did they expect even a small tsunami would do? What kind of "emergencies" did they plan for ... running out of rice in the canteen? Blowing a lightbulb in the carpark?

Cdad's picture Truth, the criminal syndicate known as Wall Street has been telling everyone that the tsunami was uber bullish, and the syndicate has been funneling the sheeple into the EWJ...which is supposed to be the value of the century.  

Isn't it the case that radioactive fish [and other things] are positive to GDP revisions? where are the unicorns again?



Jim in MN's picture

All right, all right, here's the damn video:

"Fish Heads"  1979

Lord Welligton's picture

So. Instead of an International response to this disaster we will have unilateral action.

Not only are TEPCO a bunch of selfinterested fuckers.

The UN is way way ahead of TEPCO.


Lord Welligton's picture

"This should come as no surprise to readers of this blog. Except IQ 1.45 and his other aliases."

That would account for the junks then ......... (:

sundarb's picture

Extremely sad. As a collective human species, we've made some poor decisions. We have blatantly disregarded the delicate balance of life, the complex interconnected nature of all living existence.

cossack55's picture

But we have some really cool cars...and trucks....and ipads....and flatscreen TVs. Nature is way over-rated anyway.


sundarb's picture

For that I quote Dimitry Orlov:

Here's a particularly nice quote from the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Never has a truer phrase been written. It is rather difficult to embrace such basic tenets while remaining within a culture that has elevated avariciousness and rapaciousness to the status of virtues. But here is a key insight: being poor on purpose is much easier than being poor as a result of suddenly having less than you are accustomed to having. Voluntary poverty is a hell of a lot easier than involuntary poverty.

StychoKiller's picture

Poor in spirit != poverty,  WTF??

VegasBD's picture

Not to mention wars! Those time life videos are amazing. So glad we fought all those wars so i can watch videos of brown people dying while i drink beer and order (insert random enthic group weve destroyed here) food for delivery.

cossack55's picture

Agreed.  No.....(oops. dropped my pizza) Now they are making a new set with the way cool camera in the nose bomb and missiles. can't wait for the dvd.  Far out, they are whacking black folks now too. 

andybev01's picture

Nature looks much, much better in 3D-HD anyway.

Thorlyx's picture

Eat more steaks.

weyes1's picture

But not Kobe steaks.

kinetik's picture

You got slapped down for talking about wieners? Come on, even a hotdog can taste good enough with enough mustard (and alcohol).

cbxer55's picture

Don't forget the Sauerkraut! ;-)

Pool Shark's picture


The Japanese enjoy playing Russian Roulette eating Fugu (the poisonous blowfish). Why not expand the game to potential nuclear death from sushi?

I sense a great marketing opportunity here for Indians with serious thrill issues...

I also sense a great marketing opportunity in India for chicken imports. With nuclear fish and beef off-the-menu for hindi, I think the Colonel should make an entrance...


Oh regional Indian's picture

PS, the Colonel is already here and growing like a cancerous chicken, dotting the landscape in competition with McD's and Papa Johns and.... you get the drift.

The fast forrible food invasion in India is well underway.


LeBalance's picture

And what do the "steaks" eat, eh?  Can you say accumoooooolation?

Revenge!  Revenge!  hahahahahahahahaha!

Note to self's picture

Maybe now they'll leave the freakin' whales alone.  Gotta think the blubber is gonna collect a fair amount of the hot stuff.

vast-dom's picture

3 month ban? R u kidding? In 6 months it will only get worse! And after that? What exactly are the 1/2 lives of Chlorine-37 and other ungodly unnatural unseen molecules? 

How 'bout an xtra thick slice of Fuck-u-Shima toro sashimi? 

sundarb's picture

Chlorine-37 half life I believe is less than an hour. Chlorine-36 is 300,000 years. Plutionum-239 is 24,000 years. 


Thorlyx's picture

on a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.

VegasBD's picture

on a short enough timeline the survival rate for the fuku 50 seems like forever!


too soon?

vast-dom's picture

I'll take that toro rolled up on some Chlorine-36 sushi then.

Yes. Beyond ridiculous. And don't you just love "acceptable" "within" limits of radiation more at "acceptable" "within" ranges of cancer probability. Un-fucka-believable! 


primalplasma's picture

People always forget about the Cesium-137 with a whopping half-life of 30 years. That crap is water soluble and it's all over the planet and increasing in volume as we speak.

Cesium-137 is what caused all of the Chernobyl birth defects, so if the world gets hit with high levels of Cesium-137 espect a lot of ugly mutant humans in your future.

max2205's picture

BOJ in the market buying fish to prop that market. Storage will be a problem. Hummm fill reactor 4 with frozen fish. Wala

Pool Shark's picture


Hmmm... poison, poison, tasty fish...

johnQpublic's picture

i sense a new version of that show "dangerous catch" coming out

the real danger being if you eat the fuckers