Radiation Found In Japan Baby
Fukushima Nuclear Crisis
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Dec. 7, 2011
TOKYO (AP) — Traces of radiation spilled from Japan's
hobbled nuclear plant were detected in baby formula Tuesday
in the latest in a string of contaminated food turning up in
Major food and candy maker Meiji Co. said that it was
recalling canned powdered milk for infants, with expiration
dates of October 2012, as a precaution.
The levels of radioactive cesium were well below
government-set safety limits, and the company said the
amounts were low enough not to have any affect on babies'
health even if they drank the formula every day.
Experts say children are more at risk than are adults of
getting cancer and other illnesses from radiation exposure.
The March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan
sent three reactors into meltdown at Fukushima Dai-ichi
plant, which have been spewing radiation into the air and
Some of that radiation has crept into food, such as rice,
fish and beef. But this was the first time radiation was
reported in baby formula.
Kyodo News said the milk got contaminated by airborne
radioactive cesium while it was being dried, citing the
company. The company was not immediately available for
comment late Tuesday.
The levels of cesium-134 and cesium-137 in the milk were up
to 31 becquerels per kilogram, which is below the government
limit of 200 becquerels per kilogram set for milk.
The government has been reviewing its food safety and other
radiation standards because some of them were not clearly
defined before the nuclear crisis.
Not all food samples are monitored for radiation, and
readings have been voluntarily reported by the
manufacturers, including the latest by Tokyo-based Meiji.
consumers are worried. Some stores are labeling where the
food was grown or caught, allowing shoppers to opt for
imports or products from parts of the country deemed safe.