LOS ANGELES(CBS/AP) — Health officials are taking no chances with food safety in the wake of the Japan nuclear disaster.

Milk samples from California and Washington have tested positive for low levels of radiation, while fresh fish imports from Japan are undergoing heavy scrutiny.

The California Department of Public Health said on its website that traces of radioactive Iodine-131 was found March 28 in milk sold San Luis Obispo County.

U.S. and state officials, who are monitoring for contamination as the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan, say the levels are still 5,000 times below levels of concern.

Meanwhile, radioactive water near the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has led to a ban on fishing in the region.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports the ban also means no more octopi and other fresh fish arriving and at the international marine products market in downtown Los Angeles.

Officials say local imports are first tested by Geiger counters from the Food and Drug Administration, and then sent to another radiation test facility in Arizona before going on sale.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that radiation was also found in a March 25 milk sample from Spokane, Wash.

Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex began leaking radiation after it was damaged by a devastating earthquake and tsunami this month.

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Comments (9)
  1. Kat Villagran says:

    WTH difference does it make whether it’s 5,000 – 100,000, like us people really know the levels of what’s passable and what’s death threating! What they’re saying indirectly is…good riddance U.S.

  2. Duh! says:

    “levels are still 5,000 times below levels of concern.”

    Why even report this? Just to strike fear and create panic?
    This is very irresponsible reporting. It’s like yelling “bomb” in a crowded movie theater (which I believe is a crime).

    If it was something like radiation levels are rising steadily and would be up to a level where we should be concerned within a month, then that is something that should be reported.

    Why are there no reports about the radiation coming from the sun????
    We are already above levels of concern regarding radiation from the sun. Why is there no media blitz about that?

  3. Huh says:

    This is alll sour… believe what you want… just do you and let the radiations do themselves… will see what will come our way… what a waste of time… so everyone can panic and throw away milk…. radiation haha yep ! bored

  4. Claudia says:

    I’m glad I took my iodine pills before having my corn flakes this morning. Walgreen’s was out of the pills when I went there, but luckily I found some at the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet.

    1. Duh! says:

      Didn’t you read what I and others posted?

      1. Claudia says:

        Hey I’m 19 and can make up my own mind. How do I know you guys don’t work for the nukelear companies? Huh?

  5. Nohemy says:

    Wow.. Im not going to name you.. but You are so ignorant. Sad, and embarrassing.

  6. Ataraxia says:

    You shouldn’t take the iodine tablets just because there are low levels of radiation around. Have you educated yourself about the side effects of the pills? Also, did you know that you get much higher radiation from taking an airplane flight or even sleeping next to someone than what is currently coming to the U.S. from Japan? It might get to the point where we need to take them, but as for now, don’t be a sheeple. Remember to believe nothing that you hear and half of what you see.

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