Sunday, April 3, 2011

Milk Concerns

Last Wednesday, federal officials announced that tests had detected a trace amount of iodine 131 — a radioactive byproduct released by leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan — in a sample taken on March 25, in Spokane, Washington. The level of radiation was tiny and would have to be more than 5,000 times higher to reach the “intervention level” set by federal officials.
Jason Kelly, a spokesman for the Washington State Department of Agriculture, said the positive sample came from a gallon of pasteurized whole milk produced at the Darigold plant in Spokane, which processes milk from a number of farms in Washington and Idaho.

By scientific standards, the radiation found was not dangerous to humans.Officials said an adult would need to drink thousands of liters of the milk containing radiation at the levels found so far before it would be remotely dangerous. Anyways...enough to keep us, parents, a bit concerned!


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