Title: Fukushima people eating more cesium but not in danger, says study
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date:January 19, 2012
The median daily intake of radioactive cesium from meals eaten by families in Fukushima Prefecture is more than 11 times the
level in the Kanto region near Tokyo but still well within safety standards, according to a study.
The median intake from three daily meals in Fukushima Prefecture, home to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, was 4.01 becquerels compared with 0.35 becquerel in the Kanto region around Tokyo, according to the joint study by The Asahi Shimbun and Kyoto University’s Department of Health and Environmental Sciences. [...]
The Asahi Shimbun and Kyoto University conducted the study on the basis
of samples, provided by 53 households, of all food and drink items
consumed by a household member on Dec. 4. [...]
However, there is currently no clear-cut boundary below which health effects from low radiation doses have been ruled out by scientists. [...]
Akio Koizumi, a professor at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Medicine who conducted the study
- “Even the cesium level in Fukushima Prefecture is sufficiently low”
- “It did not turn out to be so high as to give rise to concern about its health effects”
- “The total cesium content in meals tends to be thinned out, because food ingredients circulating in the market come from a variety of regions”
- “The latest figures are not so large that one should immediately review the choice of food ingredients”
- “It is essential to have a well-balanced diet to disperse the risks”
According to the chart, 25 of 26 people in Fukushima ingested cesium, 9 of 16 in Kanto (Tokyo area), and 1 of 11 in Western Japan.
The test only looked at 3 meals eaten on Dec. 4, 2011.
It appears that the families knew of the testing before preparing their meals.
No mention of other radionuclides released from Fukushima, like strontium-89 or -90
Read the report here
Published: January 19th, 2012 at 3:00 am ET