High concentrations of Cesium-137 in canned tuna

A study carried out by the Pro Consumer Association, a member of the European Consumer Organisation, has revealed the high level of Cesium-137 in canned tuna. The members of this association have conducted research into 33 types of tuna cans, both from European countries and from Asian states. The results of this study have revealed that one in two cans of tuna contains Cesium-137 contaminated fish. Moreover, 40% of the tuna cans used in the research do not include full information for consumers or their labels contain errors.

As regards the Cesium-137 concentration, the study shows that this concentration has recently doubled or even tripled. Thus, 300 tonnes of radioactive contaminated water reaches the Pacific Ocean daily, substantially affecting both the ocean environment and the fauna in the ocean depths. As a result, food products coming from these environments, such as tuna or fish oil, are highly radioactive. These products are often sold at ridiculously low prices in supermarkets.

What actions can the Commission take to prohibit the marketing of tuna cans which contain a high level of Cesium-137?