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Report: Popular L.A. Sushi Isn't Safe
KCAL9 ^ | Mar 6, 2006 6:45 am US/Pacific

Posted on 03/06/2006 1:29:34 PM PST by BenLurkin

(CBS) LOS ANGELES The safety of tuna sushi has been questioned by a public health advocacy group that performed tests on the delicacy from Los Angeles restaurants, it was reported Monday.

In January, GotMercury.org purchased sushi from five top Zagat-rated restaurants in Southern California, as well as from the Benihana Inc. chain, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The organization had the fish tested at CRG Marine Laboratories in Torrance, according to the newspaper.

The mercury levels in the 12 tuna samples averaged double the Food and Drug Administration’s standard, and a quarter of the orders were near or above the limit where the agency says fish should not be old, Eli Saddler, a public health analyst and attorney for GotMercury.org, told The Times.

"Eating sushi has become the new Russian roulette," said Saddler, whose client questioned the FDA’s system of monitoring the mercury levels in fish. "Our testing shows a pattern of mercury levels being significantly higher than what the FDA reports."

The samples came from some of Southern California's most popular restaurants -- Matsuhisa, Sushi Katsu-ya, Sushi Sasabune, HamaSaku, Sushi Nozawa and Benihana, according to The Times.

Small amounts of mercury can be found in nearly all fish and the chemical is linked to reduced brain development in fetuses and young children


TOPICS: US: California
KEYWORDS: food; losangeles; publichealth; sushi

1 posted on 03/06/2006 1:29:37 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
"The safety of tuna sushi has been questioned by a public health advocacy group that performed tests on the delicacy from Los Angeles restaurants, it was reported Monday."

She begs to differ.


2 posted on 03/06/2006 1:30:39 PM PST by jdm
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To: BenLurkin
Skip the Sushi and go straight to Sashimi Yumm! With Mercury, double yumm!
3 posted on 03/06/2006 1:31:28 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: BenLurkin

I don't know about this. You'd think that if LA sushi was really dangerous, there would be millions of insane Californians out there supporting every liberal cause that came down the pike...


4 posted on 03/06/2006 1:32:24 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: BenLurkin
For a real kick, try the fugu.


5 posted on 03/06/2006 1:33:33 PM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 35-38)
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To: BenLurkin

What happens to the mercury when the fish is cooked? "Cooked" tuna is generally served nearly raw. Why pick on sushi?


6 posted on 03/06/2006 1:34:18 PM PST by FreePaul
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To: BenLurkin

Why, what an incredible coincidence!  A group called gotmercury, finding mercury lurking in a consumer product!  You'd almost think they'd be predisposed to finding high levels of mercury just to garner publicity and thus increased funding.  But I'm not that skeptical...

Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

7 posted on 03/06/2006 1:34:27 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: BenLurkin
Looks safe to me....

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8 posted on 03/06/2006 1:35:26 PM PST by digger48
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To: jdm

Sushi = bait.


9 posted on 03/06/2006 1:35:55 PM PST by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

The mercury is what makes tuna sushi taste so yummy. I ate a lot last night. I hope the wasabi and pickled ginger are mercury heavy too.


10 posted on 03/06/2006 1:36:39 PM PST by dennisw (Muslim's biggest enemy is the founder of Islam, Muhammad. Muslims are victims of this conman-)
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To: Owl_Eagle
Yes. You are right.

And they aren't concerned about the danger from parasites which accompanies the consumption of raw fish.
11 posted on 03/06/2006 1:37:35 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: jdm

That stuff would be GREAt on the grill.


12 posted on 03/06/2006 1:38:18 PM PST by yobid (Never forget Waco - tanks for the memories)
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To: BenLurkin

If you knew Sushi, like I know Sushi...........


13 posted on 03/06/2006 1:38:31 PM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Yep... Since environmentalists have been known to falsely plant lynx hairs in a forest in order to get it declared to be a protected lynx habitat, why should anybody believe that an enviro group would refrain from planting mercury in specimens of tuna prior to sending them to a lab?


14 posted on 03/06/2006 1:40:06 PM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: BenLurkin

NEWS FLASH: Eating raw fish possibly unsafe! DOH.


15 posted on 03/06/2006 1:40:10 PM PST by KarinG1 (Some of us are trying to engage in philosophical discourse. Please don't allow us to interrupt you.)
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To: digger48
Looks safe to me....

She probably wiggles too much on the grill. Spills most of it.

16 posted on 03/06/2006 1:40:27 PM PST by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1100 knives and counting!)
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To: Owl_Eagle

And notice that their spokesman is an attorney!!

Can anyone spell "Class Action Suit"?


17 posted on 03/06/2006 1:40:40 PM PST by Ole Okie
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To: BenLurkin
a quarter of the orders were near or above the limit where the agency says fish should not be old(sic)

Most sushi restaurant patrons will eat sushi made from a variety of different fish, not just tuna, and Japanese food typically has smaller portion sizes, so a person will probably only consume an ounce or so of tuna in a meal -- much less than if he ate a tuna steak somewhere.

Is there a difference in mercury levels of different varieties of tuna or in different parts of the fish?

18 posted on 03/06/2006 1:42:11 PM PST by heleny
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To: BenLurkin
You'll get my Spicy Tuna Roll out of my cold dead mouth!
19 posted on 03/06/2006 1:43:55 PM PST by Mike Darancette (In the Land of the Blind the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: Red Badger
If you knew Sushi, like I know Sushi...........




You're showin' your age, friend...
20 posted on 03/06/2006 1:45:09 PM PST by StoneGiant (Power without morality is disaster. Morality without power is useless.)
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To: digger48
Looks safe to me....

Don't lick your plate.

21 posted on 03/06/2006 1:45:55 PM PST by Mike Darancette (In the Land of the Blind the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: Owl_Eagle
A group called gotmercury, finding mercury lurking in a consumer product!

LOL, nice one.
22 posted on 03/06/2006 1:46:05 PM PST by andyk (Go Matt Kenseth!)
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To: BenLurkin

I once read an article about a guy who ate sushi and then had to treated for worms. It was quite disgusting how he found out he had the worms. I have never tried sushi thanks to that article. Yuck!


23 posted on 03/06/2006 1:46:35 PM PST by Evie Munchkin (Democrats - Party of death and taxes)
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To: BenLurkin
Are these the same Food Nazis who lecture to us about how highly processed foods are bad for our health? And now they're going after sushi! Go figure.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

24 posted on 03/06/2006 1:47:08 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Evie Munchkin
I have never tried sushi thanks to that article. Yuck!

You can have vegetarian sushi or have smoked salmon which is really good.

25 posted on 03/06/2006 1:48:20 PM PST by Mike Darancette (In the Land of the Blind the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: Mike Darancette

A handy place to dispose of your chopsticks, though.


26 posted on 03/06/2006 1:48:41 PM PST by digger48
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To: goldstategop

Before they told you not to eat processed food and sushi they told you to substitute margarine for butter. :)


27 posted on 03/06/2006 1:59:29 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: Owl_Eagle

This group's mission is to protect sea turtles, so they are trying to damage the demand for tuna. Tuna fishing hurts sea turtles. They are also trying to protect salmon. They don't care about people at all.


28 posted on 03/06/2006 2:09:16 PM PST by bessay
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To: Alouette
For a real kick, try the fugu.
29 posted on 03/06/2006 2:23:10 PM PST by pogo101
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To: BenLurkin
Found Nemo. It wasn't mercury that got him!


30 posted on 03/06/2006 3:03:09 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Mike Darancette
You can have vegetarian sushi or have smoked salmon which is really good.

I tried smoked salmon once, it was too hard to keep lit!

Regards,
GtG

31 posted on 03/06/2006 3:06:44 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: BenLurkin
I've eaten in both Sushi Katsu-ya and Sushi Nozawa and you can't find much better sushi anywhere in the country. Sushi Nozawa in Studio City was written up a few years ago in the New York Times which dubbed Nozawa as the Sushi Nazi. You have to trust him in what you are served (I've never been disappointed). He serves no trendy dishes. His sushi is traditional only. He also tosses people out for violating his rules. A couple years ago two men were at one of the tables with the business papers spread out working on a deal. Nozawa went over to them and told them to put the paperwork away. This is a restaurant not an office. They put it away. A few minutes latter they got the paperwork out again. He tossed them out immediately. He's also been pretty nasty to people who insist on trendy dishes. In fact they usually don't come back. That said his restaurant is packed every day for both lunch and dinner and it's worth it.
32 posted on 03/06/2006 4:12:29 PM PST by airedale ( XZ)
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To: Mike Darancette; Evie Munchkin
You can have vegetarian sushi or have smoked salmon which is really good.

The cooked ibi (shrimp) or anago (sea eel) is excellent too.

I luuuuuuv the salmon skin roll! (also cooked).

33 posted on 03/06/2006 4:23:07 PM PST by kstewskis (Disclaimer: Not responsible for driveling random postings during the Lenten Season...)
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To: kstewskis
The cooked ibi (shrimp) or anago (sea eel) is excellent too.

The most delicious surprise I've ever encountered in a sushi restaurant was at Fujiyama's in Prescott, AZ, when the waitress suggested to us (we were regulars there) that we try the hamachi (yellowtail) cheek. It was the most awesome cooked fish I've had in my entire life.

34 posted on 03/06/2006 4:28:20 PM PST by wittyone (A friend is someone who will help you move. A true friend is someone who will help you move bodies.)
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To: BenLurkin

This is why I only eat sushi if it's been baked or fried.


35 posted on 03/06/2006 4:29:10 PM PST by william clark
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To: BenLurkin

Eating Sushi is bad for children and other living things!


36 posted on 03/06/2006 4:31:02 PM PST by Radix (Stop domestic violence. Beat abroad.)
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To: heleny

Generally speaking (and I am not an expert), the fattier the fish, the higher the level of mercury.


37 posted on 03/06/2006 4:31:57 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: BenLurkin
Me love sushi long time.

Anyway, the wasabi kills the mercury. Or is it the beer that does that?

There's iron in seaweed, so that's good. And there are good omeaga-3 fatty acids in the fish fats.

So you get a little mercury. You can tell the temperature without carrying a thermometer around.

38 posted on 03/06/2006 4:34:56 PM PST by VadeRetro (Liberalism is a cancer on society. Creationism is a cancer on conservatism.)
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To: Alouette
Now there’s your Russian roulette.
39 posted on 03/06/2006 4:36:39 PM PST by dighton
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To: dighton

No, that's Japanese roulette.


40 posted on 03/06/2006 4:37:34 PM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 35-38)
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To: wittyone
I think I've heard of that restaurant!

Someone suggested it to me years ago, I almost forgot about it.

I need to take a road trip (any excuse to get out of the summer heat soon!).

41 posted on 03/06/2006 4:45:23 PM PST by kstewskis (Disclaimer: Not responsible for driveling random postings during the Lenten Season...)
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To: BenLurkin
about fifty percent of people don't know that sushi and sashimi are not the same thing. Sushi is goodies wrapped in rice and sometimes seaweed and sashimi is raw fish.
42 posted on 03/06/2006 4:53:53 PM PST by fish hawk (TU)
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To: kstewskis
I think I've heard of that restaurant! Someone suggested it to me years ago, I almost forgot about it. I need to take a road trip (any excuse to get out of the summer heat soon!).

It surprised me that there would be such a good sushi restaurant in Prescott, of all places. We've missed it since we moved to Utah, Papasan always treated us well... though he was a bit of a sadist, playing little games with how much wasabe he put in each piece of sushi. My luck, I always seemed to get the biggest surprise in the bunch.

43 posted on 03/06/2006 4:55:03 PM PST by wittyone (A friend is someone who will help you move. A true friend is someone who will help you move bodies.)
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To: BenLurkin

sushi is best when cooked


44 posted on 03/06/2006 4:55:26 PM PST by SUSSA
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To: wittyone
Papasan always treated us well... though he was a bit of a sadist, playing little games with how much wasabe he put in each piece of sushi.

I love it!

(and thanks for the heads up on Papasan's pranks...I'll keep it in mind!)

45 posted on 03/06/2006 4:57:53 PM PST by kstewskis (Disclaimer: Not responsible for driveling random postings during the Lenten Season...)
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To: kstewskis
thanks for the heads up on Papasan's pranks...

When we moved, he had been training another Itamae (maybe nephew-san?), and occasionally Papasan actually took some time off, contrary to his earlier practice. The quality remained high, however.

A word to the wise: don't cross Mamasan, she'll throw you out if you get out of hand.

46 posted on 03/06/2006 5:15:15 PM PST by wittyone (A friend is someone who will help you move. A true friend is someone who will help you move bodies.)
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To: VadeRetro
Anyway, the wasabi kills the mercury. Or is it the beer that does that?

Add wasabi and the red stuff in the squeeze bottle and the mercury boils off. Wash with Sapporo, repeat.

47 posted on 03/06/2006 8:13:16 PM PST by Mike Darancette (In the Land of the Blind the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: BenLurkin

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1582690/posts


48 posted on 03/07/2006 7:08:16 AM PST by Born Conservative (Acts of intolerance will not be tolerated at The Pennsylvania State University.)
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