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Cesium-137 In Organic Blueberry Jam

Cesium-137 found in organic blueberry jamAw shucks. That’s my favorite.

According to Shukan Asahi, more than 5 thousand jars of radioactive Italian organic blueberry jam have been recalled by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government due to unacceptable levels of Cesium-137.  The blueberries used in the Fiordifrutta brand originated in Bulgaria show levels of 164Bq/kg of cesium-137 according to the test commissioned by Shukan Asahi and 140Bq/kg of cesium-137 by test by the municipal (Tokyo) health authorities. The US limit is 1200 bq/kg and EU limit is 600 bq/kg, so the product is unlikely to be recalled in the USA.

According to an anonymous commenter: “A person would have to eat about 470 kg of this spread to get a dose of 1mSv, the maximum value for a member of the public in a year.”

The point here is that the contamination comes from the Chernobyl catastrophe of 1986. Although the event went away from public view only to be replaced by more current news, the legacy of contamination continues to this day.

For people that are paying attention, this illustrates the ever-growing nature of the problems at the Fukushima Daiichi site, which promises to contaminate the entire Pacific Basin over the next 7 years or so.


Original article in Japanese: http://dot.asahi.com/news/domestic/2013102300002.html

via: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2013/10/long-shadow-of-chernobyl-4-organic.html

via: http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=11651

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