Update on radiation in Japanese food, milk, water

CBC News ran a good summary just a little while ago of today’s updates in the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan. Apparently, the problem of radiation in the food supply is going to be a problem for some time to come:

The Japanese government acted quickly to ban food sales from areas around the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, even as the World Health Organization urged the country to do so.

Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the Geneva-based agency said Monday that radiation in food can accumulate in the body and poses a greater risk to health than radioactive particles in the air, which disperse within days.

Japan halted shipments of spinach from one area and raw milk from another near the nuclear plant after tests found iodine exceeded safety limits. But the contamination spread to spinach in three other prefectures and to more vegetables — canola and chrysanthemum greens.

One other fact from the CBC article I had not seen otherwise reported:

Tokyo’s tap water, where iodine turned up Friday, now has cesium.

The article also said that radiation has been detected in rain and dust.

Here’s a link to the article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/03/21/japan-fukushima032111.html

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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One Response to Update on radiation in Japanese food, milk, water

  1. Yohak says:

    This moment, people from Fukushima and close Prefectures are receiving generous amounts of radionuclides through water, milk, vegetables, dust and rain.

    …And the Japanese government is only “asking” or “requesting” not ship tainted food, but they have not yet forbidden this trade.

    I suppose they don’t want to alarm the people as it’s better than taking harsh measures.

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