Fish and other marine products are now available at local shops in Fukushima Prefecture as offshore test-fishing was shown to be safe from contamination by the local fisheries cooperative. The test was made on Wednesday while selling of the marine products resumed early Thursday.
Although there are doubts on food safety as Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) continues to report leaks of radioactive water, the local fisheries cooperative was determined to prove that seafood products in the region are safe from radioactive contamination. Based on the cooperative’s test on 100 fish, only five showed traces of radioactive materials, but each was less than a tenth of the government’s limit, which is 100 becquerels. With such results, the prefecture’s Matsukawa Port in Soma saw fishermen and wholesalers seeking marine products early Thursday.
Some of the seafood and other products also made their way to shops in the city of Soma. Customers who braved purchasing products from the Fukushima waters were satisfied with the test certificates attached to the packages. One of the customers was a 79-year old who preferred local products. He said that he does so because they are fresh and have gone through tests to guarantee safe consumption. Seafood products from Fukushima will be sold in Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture on Friday while Tokyo will have them sold the following day.