Japan Baby Formula Shows
Fukushima Nuclear Crisis
EMF Radiation Protection
Electromagnetic Radiation Meter
Dec. 7, 2011
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
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
The level of contamination ranged from 22 to 31 becquerels
per kilogram (10 to 14 becquerels per pound), compared with
the 200-becquerel legal limit, Meiji said.
The formula was produced at a factory in Saitama prefecture,
some 200 kilometres (125 miles) 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.
Following the latest announcement, shares in Meiji Holdings
plunged 9.72 percent to 3,020 yen on the Tokyo Stock
The company said no radioactive contamination had been
detected in any of its other products.