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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 06:11 PM
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Japanese Tests Find Radiation in Infant Food
Source: New York Times

TOKYO Traces of radioactive cesium thought to be from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were detected in Japanese baby formula on Tuesday as concerns about food safety continue almost nine months after the accident.

Meiji, the Tokyo company that makes the powdered formula, announced the recall of 400,000 cans of it as a precaution, but said the levels of cesium detected were well below the governments safety limits. Tests found a combined 30.8 becquerels per kilogram of cesium 134 and cesium 137, the company said, compared with the government limit of 200, the company said. (A becquerel is a frequently used measurement of radiation.)

Babies could still drink the formula every day without any effect on their health, Meiji said in a statement.

Infants and young children are thought to be especially vulnerable to radiation exposure, which can increase risks of cancer and other illnesses.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/07/world/asia/cesium-fou...



Much more at the link!

Babies could still drink the formula every day without any effect on their health, Meiji said in a statement.


:eyes:

And what about in conjunction with all the other elevated levels of radioactive contamination in the environment and other food?

FYI, the half-life of cesium 134 and 137 is 2 years and 30 years, respectively.

PB
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PearliePoo2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 08:43 PM
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1. It's everywhere...food, soil, water and air.
The "Government Safety Limits" numbers are being pulled out of their ass.
Like anyone really knows that THIS number is OK for you and THIS number ain't.
FUBAR
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 12:50 AM
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2. Exactly, don't see folks lining-up to take their Cesium pills
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 07:58 AM
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3. The situation is a nightmare come true.
Radioactive contamination of baby formula is frightening. But it's also in mother's milk, children's urine, and about every place else that's been tested.

The nations of world should be offering every manner of assistance -- from food to technology and everything else needed.

Instead, we are seeing just how little the one-percent care for the average person -- including babies.
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 11:30 AM
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4. I wonder if the Pentagon was seeing this in the bases in Kauai?
Edited on Wed Dec-07-11 11:31 AM by Melissa G
Perhaps that was why they decided to extend medical coverage island wide? I am curious about what factors pushed them into it.
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