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Radiation in Japan baby formula

2011-12-06 14:05

Tokyo - Radiation contamination has been found in a leading brand of Japanese baby formula, most likely fallout from the country's crippled nuclear plant, its manufacturer said on Tuesday.

Meiji, a major producer of milk, confectionery and pharmaceuticals, said it was recalling some 400 000 cans of "Meiji Step" formula that contained a small amount of radioactive caesium-134 and ceasium-137.

The level of contamination ranged from 22 to 31 becquerels per kilogram, compared with the 200-becquerel legal limit, Meiji said.

The formula was produced at a factory in Saitama prefecture, some 200km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, where reactors were sent into meltdown in the aftermath of the March 11 quake and tsunami.

The company said it suspects caesium might have entered the formula during the drying process, rather than being present in the raw materials used, but stressed the exact cause of the contamination was not clear.

The announcement will add to the unease in Japan over food safety, particularly for small children, with a significant proportion of the public mistrustful of official pronouncements on radiation.

The government has previously declared many food items safe to eat, including rice produced in Fukushima after the nuclear disaster, only to announce later that a number of farm products had been contaminated.

The company said no radioactive contamination had been detected in any of its other products.

Comments
  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-07 11:03

    As per the below study, it is plainly obvious that the people of not only Japan but the world have been lied to about the severity and effects of this nuclear disaster, which was the main reason for the sudden lack of Geiger counters and the implementation of the "newer, more accurate methods of measuring" [A] study [by University of Texas engineering professor Steven Biegalski and researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory] reports that more radioxenon was released from the Fukushima facilities than in the 1979 meltdown at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Pennsylvania and in the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine. The amount of radiation released during the Fukushima nuclear disaster was so great that the level of atmospheric radioactive aerosols in Washington state was 10,000 to 100,000 times greater than normal levels in the week following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the disaster. now will news 24 have what it takes to print this?

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