Alaska marketers counter claim of contaminated salmon

KODIAK, Alaska — The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute says it’s taking steps to counter inflammatory stories on websites that claim Alaska-caught salmon is unsafe.

ASMI’s communications director Tyson Fick said the institute has seen a resurgence of unsubstantiated, scaremongering articles designed to generate advertising revenue by curious readers clicking on websites.

Fick told the Kodiak Daily Mirror that the latest wave of misinformation claims Alaska fish have been contaminated by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant damaged in Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Fick said marketing group previously have countered misinformation that Alaska salmon contained mercury or PCBs.

He said ASMI refers people to the Food and Drug Administration website. The FDA has found has no evidence of dangerous radiation from Fukushima in the U.S. food supply.

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Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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