Japan finds radiation in baby formula

January 24, 2012 by admin
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The outcome of Japan’s nuclear crisis is threatening the country’s food security. One of Japan’s biggest milk producers has announced the recall of 400,000 cans of baby milk powder after detecting radiation. Worries over the safety of food supplies have shaken the public since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi plant, spreading radiation over a large swathe of northern and eastern Japan.

Tests by Meiji showed that up to 30.8 becquerels of cesium was found per kilogramme of the powdered milk.

The company said it did not know how many of the cans had reached consumers.

This mother might be a victim. She said: “My child used to drink the powdered milk when he was younger so as a parent I understand the concerns of others.”

However, the amount of radioactive substance is far below the government-set permissible limit, which is 200 becquerels per kilogramme.

“I think there is no need to be concerned because the levels of radiation are below the safety limit. I am personally not worried as the company is already taking action to solve the problem,”

The firm says they will conduct a what they called a “voluntary recall” of the product.

Meiji said it was unsure exactly how the cesium got into the powdered milk.

But it suspects radioactive substances emitted from the Fukushima accident may have been the source.

Japanese media reported that the cans in question were produced right after the accident happened, a Meiji spokesman says hot air used in the drying process may have contained cesium.

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