Airborne radiation fears hit shoppers in the United States
Mei Lee is worried about the quality of seaweed that comes from waters off Japan.
March 24th, 2011
07:02 PM ET

Airborne radiation fears hit shoppers in the United States

Shoppers at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Los Angeles are worried about food contamination amid concerns over airborne radiation from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant reaching California.

Mei Lee, 26, is stocking up on nori, the Japanese name for dried seaweed, and udon noodles.  She rummages through shopping bags and holds up several packs of nori.

"This is from the ocean,  it’s not very far from the nuclear power plant, so I’m worried about radiation" she says.

Hong Tran, an investment adviser, has just arrived with his wife, Lili, their 2-year-old son and 2-month-old daughter to have lunch at the food court.

"We’re already stocking up on supplies." he says, laughing. "Water, water filtration, blankets that kind of stuff.

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"It kind of reminds us that an emergency can happen at any time whether it’s radiation or earthquake so we want to make sure we’re prepared for the family."

His take on food tainted by radiation? "We’re staying away from sushi for a few months. Just in case."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Keith

    So Stupid!

    March 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ernie

    I would like to suggest that everyone who does not want us to use nuclear power, coal or fossil fuels; please have your electric turned off & park your cars! If you want to live in the dark ages, go to Afghanistan! Maybe I should not insult the Afghans, they have more common sense than the loud mouth enviros in the U.S.

    March 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Look, NO NUKES! Now time to drive 5 blocks to buy a dr pepper and a lotto ticket...

      March 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar r

    At a boy Ernie! I'm with Ernie; kind of maybe sort of.

    March 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ted

    @Keith. I guess you were the First one to rush out and buy Gulf Seafood after the BP Oil spill. No? So Stupid !!

    March 24, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. astrology is g ay

    Goes to show how americans are cowards thats all

    March 24, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    u tell em ted! and mmm thought u gave up dr pepper for lent???

    March 25, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    @ astrology is gay...displaying common sense does not make one a coward!

    March 25, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Elliot

    The woman in the pic ain't 26 do you believe everything you are told?

    March 25, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie G

      I totally agree! LOL

      March 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kellyjkwon

    popular websites like printapons and retail me not has coupons for pretty much any shopping site I've gone to most of the coupons are valid drops down with coupons without me having to search for them

    March 25, 2011 at 5:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Herbert


    March 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stephanie G

    There is no way in HELL that woman is 26! Maybe in dog years....MAYBE!

    March 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |