Cesium found in infant milk formula in Japan

Reuters just reported:

Japan’s Meiji Holdings said on Tuesday that radioactive cesium was found in infant milk powder made by the food and dairy firm, in the latest food scare to grip the country nearly nine months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Meiji said it was recalling 400,000 cans of the infant formula, which is sold only in Japan.

Meiji is not sure of the source of the radiation, but suspects Fukushima:

Meiji said it is unsure exactly how the cesium got into the powdered milk, but it suspects radioactive substances emitted from the Fukushima accident may have been the source. A company spokesman told Reuters hot air used in the drying process may have contained cesium.

Reuters also said:

Tests by Meiji showed that up to 30.8 becquerels (a unit of radioactivity) of cesium was found per kilogram of the powdered milk. That is below the government-set permissible limit, but the firm will nevertheless conduct a voluntary recall of the product, called “Meiji Step.”

The limit set by Japan’s health ministry is 200 becquerels per kilogram for powdered milk, an official at the ministry’s department of food safety said.

Here’s a link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/06/us-cesium-japans-idUSTRE7B529S20111206

 

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About Robert Singleton

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One Response to Cesium found in infant milk formula in Japan

  1. Danny says:

    “The limit set by Japan’s health ministry is 200 becquerels per kilogram for powdered milk”
    What’s the limit in other countries???

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