No Fukushima radiation found in Alaska seafood

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Alaska health officials say testing of Alaska seafood revealed no radiation contamination from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, which was damaged by a tsunami in 2011.

Officials from the Alaska departments of Environmental Conservation and Health and Social Services on Friday announced results of U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests.

The FDA monitors radiation in both domestic and imported food. Alaska officials called for specific Alaska samples, including fish that migrate from western Pacific waters off Japan.

Environmental Health director Elaine Busse Floyd says radiation was not expected but the findings were important to address concerns by consumers outside the state and residents who depend on seafood.

The federal agency tested samples from the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands to southeast Alaska.