Now, one month after the discharge of contaminated water from Fukushima, Japan, Busan’s seawater and marine products have been found to be safe.
Busan City announced on the 25th that radioactivity testing and analysis results show that seawater and marine products are safe even one month after the discharge of Fukushima contaminated water on August 24th.
To verify the safety of seawater radiation, 23 radiation survey points in the city’s waters were inspected and analyzed, and confirmed to be safe regardless of whether contaminated water was discharged.
Ten coastal seawater areas, including Haeundae, Gwangalli, and Dadaepo, are showing much lower levels than the drinking water standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Radioactivity was not detected in six rapid unmanned surveillance networks that can check for radioactivity in seawater every 15 minutes.
Seven radiation survey points in Busan City waters monitored by the government, including the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission, were also found to be safe.
To strengthen the safety of marine products, the city is testing radioactivity at each stage of import, production, and distribution.
At the import stage, the import of marine products produced in eight nearby prefectures, including Fukushima Prefecture, is prohibited, and Japanese marine products from other regions are tested for radioactivity whenever they are imported, and if even the slightest radioactivity is detected, imports are blocked.
As of the 15th of this month, a total of 1,049 cases were tested and no unusual findings were found.
The city has expanded the number of items and number of crackdown personnel under the country of origin labeling system, and is also increasing the number of items subject to distribution history management to prevent imported marine products from being disguised as domestic products.
In addition, the city transparently discloses safety information and radioactivity monitoring and analysis results about Busan’s sea and marine products in real time using 1,783 delivery media.
Busan Mayor Park Hyeong-jun once again emphasized, “Citizens can safely eat seafood whose safety has been scientifically and objectively verified.”
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