ARCHIVED - Test Results for Domestic Fish from British Columbia

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As part of the Government of Canada's response to the March 11, 2011 earthquake in Japan, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) tested domestic fish from British Columbia for radioactivity. As of February 10, 2012, 32 samples of domestic fish were tested and all products were below Health Canada action levels.

Samples from August 2011 were taken at various points across the British Columbia fishery including coastal waters off of Vancouver Island, including the Georgia and Juan de Fuca Straits, deeper waters off the west coast of Vancouver Island and various mainland rivers. The fish tested included two samples of Albacore tuna, and two samples each of Pink, Sockeye, Chum, Coho and Spring salmon. Samples from February 2012 were taken in the harvest area near coastal waters off of Port Hardy, British Columbia. The fish tested included 10 Pollock and 10 Hake.

MDC is defined as the Minimum Detectable Concentration and is typically around 2 Bq/Kg. The CODEX Limits for radioactive particles (Cs-134, Cs-137) is 1000 Bq/Kg for general consumption. The sample size used for the test is generally around 120 g and the method used is High Resolution Gamma Spectroscopy.
Sample Product Sample date Cesium -134 Cesium -137
1 Fish August 22, 2011 <MDC <MDC
2 Fish August 22, 2011 <MDC <MDC
3 Fish August 22, 2011 <MDC <MDC
4 Fish August 22, 2011 <MDC <MDC
5 Fish August 22, 2011 <MDC <MDC
6 Fish August 23, 2011 <MDC <MDC
7 Fish August 23, 2011 <MDC <MDC
8 Fish August 23, 2011 <MDC <MDC
9 Fish August 23, 2011 <MDC <MDC
10 Fish August 23, 2011 <MDC <MDC
11 Fish August 23, 2011 <MDC <MDC
12 Fish August 23, 2011 <MDC <MDC
13 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
14 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
15 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
16 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
17 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
18 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
19 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
20 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
21 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
22 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
23 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
24 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
25 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
26 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
27 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
28 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
29 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
30 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
31 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
32 Fish February 10, 2012 <MDC <MDC
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