California prunes and almonds have detectable levels of cesium-134 — A fingerprint for radiation from Fukushima Daiichi

Published: July 12th, 2012 at 3:00 pm ET


California Dried Prunes

  • Produced in 2011
  • Tested July 2012

Cesium 134 @ 0.08 Bq/kg
Cesium 137 @ 0.11 Bq/kg
Total Cesium @ 0.19 Bq/kg

California Raw Almonds

  • Produced in 2011
  • Tested July 2012

Cesium 134 @ 0.07 Bq/kg
Cesium 137 @ 0.10 Bq/kg
Total Cesium @ 0.17 Bq/kg

“Cesium 134 […] is a signature, it is a fingerprint for the radiation coming out of Fukushima” –Source

Published: July 12th, 2012 at 3:00 pm ET


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80 comments to California prunes and almonds have detectable levels of cesium-134 — A fingerprint for radiation from Fukushima Daiichi

  • Gotham

    Nice to know.

    Let's see how they bio-accumulate in the coming years.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Once, doing anything to gain electricity was considered rational, thus, nuclear power generation. Now, what we are getting is an spontaneous, organic knowledge infrastructure accumulating right alongside the spread of radiation. Governments, labs, universities, nuclear engineers, doctors, physicists, whistleblowers, victims, citizens and activist groups – all measuring radiation levels in their particular region or area of interest, then posting it for everyone else.This did not exist before Fukushima. While the largest amounts of radiation from Japan may remain concentrating in Japan if there are no further explosions, what will continue to disperse and spread and bioaccumulate is starting to be tracked and measured and modeled. People at all levels of their societies are seeing just how invisible radiation travels short and long distances, and this becomes irrefutable, even by the nuclear industry. The knowledge path may follow the radiation dispersal path. People in ever greater numbers will begin to look at the reactor in their own backyard differently and with growing suspicion. It becomes the only rational thing to do.

    • enoughalready45 enoughalready45


      Good thoughts on this topic. I especially like your insight, “The knowledge path may follow the radiation dispersal path.” Better late than never for people to figure this out I guess.

    • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

      Vic: I have now given up all produce from California. Had to pass up those good looking cherries from Washington the other day. Food choices will have to change. Midwest produce is probably not much better. Any flowering fruit will concentrate cesium in the fruit. Organic doesn't mean radiation free. Still shopping at the farmers market. In the words of Country Joe McDonald, "Ain't got time to wonder why, we're all gonna die."

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Hey, now, Philipupnorth, you forgot the "Whoopie!" before "we're all gonna die." LOL >;-)

        Now c'mon Wall Street don't be slow, this is war-a-go-go

        Great song. What a classic.

  • lam335 lam335

    Why is a Japanese website testing Californian produce? What is the name of the organization doing the testing? Is it government run, or a private entity?

    • lam335 lam335

      More translated information about this source would be appropriate. I'm sure I am not alone in being unable to read the Japanese page.

    • arclight arclight

      not sure if its these guys that did the testing or one of their affiliates

      "The Press Alternative in Japan, in cooperation with the Citizens Measurement Center of Contaminated Foods in Tokyo, has proposed the establishment of a global network to monitor contamination in food. They are asking other groups with measuring equipment to contact them in order to form such a network. In the meantime, the Press Alternative says that for groups and people in countries without monitoring equipment, but who have reason to be concerned about milk imported into their countries, they will have samples checked by the Center if they are sent to them along with a letter explaining the situation in their country. Write to: Kazunori Tsuji, Press Alternative, Central Meguro 102, 2-7-10 Mita, Meguroku, Tokyo 153, Japan, tel: 03-791 2147, fax: 03-792-5395, telex: J32777 TELSERV ATT: TK00550 PRESS."

      some interesting info on contaminated foodstuffs from the chernobyl disaster here too!

      this is interesting..

      "Jan. 1987:
      Japan refuses three shipments of food products: one with 30 tonnes hazelnuts from Turkey (up to 980 Bq); a second with 200 kg reindeer meat from Sweden; and a third with spices from Turkey. – WISE NC 270, 13 Mar. 1987"

      • arclight arclight

        Malaysia: 45,000 kilo butter from the Netherlands, UK and Italy (refused) — Nieuwe Krant (NL), 3 Oct. 1986; lamb from UK (refused)

      • lam335 lam335

        Thanks. I'm not sure if it's the same source as this testing because the linked page here says "Security Japan" in the corner.

        Anyway, that link about post-Chernobyl exports is shocking … and disgusting … and very, very depressing. How can people do such things and continue to live with themselves?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Dang …I liked almonds.

    • CB CB

      VicFromOregon stated above ” The knowledge path may follow the radiation dispersal path.” Being the contamination not limited to prunes, peaches, and almonds.

  • Sickputer

    If tree fruit and nuts have cesium… Then root and surface crops are much more contaminated because of greater concentrations in the soil and more prolonged contact with contaminated water. Carrots, lettuce, broccoli, and potatoes are going to outdo the almond values.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Sickputer, are you sure? The parts of the trees above the ground accumulate a lot of cesium. I mention this because of the high amounts of cesium found in the pollen of cedar trees in Japan.

      Am really wondering because I thought I'd read here last year (Forum?) the nuts are less contaminated than some other parts of plants (trees anyway).

      A smart person here (Anne?) said it depends upon what time of year the crop is harvested, and whether or not it has rained.

      Ongoing airborne contamination — how does this affect fruits and nuts? There must be data from post-Chernobyl Ukraine.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Sickputer, I'm not saying you're wrong on that. I'd just never heard that before.

        • Sickputer

          No problem…I am just assuming two things about ground crops versus tree crops…larger surface area of the ground crop product and constant exposure to topsoil and irrigating water.

          You may have heard how toxic mushrooms and leafy plants become and also rice plants are just a siphon for radiation in the water. More research is in order…

    • I live just above a primary California almond growing county. The snow pack was light this year. (light rains too)

      However, the water still feeds the lakes, which feed the orchards in the valley below. I know this has been accumulating and CONCENTRATING with each and every run off.

      The plan for long term non-stop radioactive fallout contamination (of not just cesium, but all of it, ie… PLUTONIUM), is that there is NO PLAN!

      There will be no future plan either. Slowly, too slowly, people are starting to realize this.

      We've taken a 'hit' and we will continue to be 'hit' with fallout and it's insidious consequences.

      What will it be like in another year? 5 or 10 years?

      Add in the factor that the worlds largest catastrophe has an extremely high probability of becoming far worse soon. Take that times 'X' unknown and the picture becomes even more clear as to the real magnitude of this ever expanding non-stop man-made folly.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Sickputer, have read reports stating the Cesium stays within the top 8 cm or so of the soil.

      Will post a link if I can find one. 'Thinking there was a story here some time ago, when UC Berkely had reported on amounts of Plutonium and such found in Sacramento soils.

      Does anyone know which article it was?

      Hard to tell what's true and what isn't, esp. since our leadership is not forthcoming with any useful information (in the U.S. and elsewhere).

      • Sickputer

        The soil depth of radioactive cesium varies, but 2-5 inches is probably a fair average estimate for many types of topsoil. Depth depends on time in years of deposits, the soil density, amount of snow/rainfall and irrigation, and tilling of the soil.

        Researchers at Hiroshima University did a fairly comprehensive core study in Fukushima prefecture one month after 311:

        I hope there wasn't any collusion of results with the government as you never know who is drinking the Diet Koolaid. I know I saw another report online in Japanese that had much greater depths from another region: I think it was this page, but I'm not running translation apps on my phone:

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Thank you. You are are a veritable human encyclopedia of nuke-knowledge (as opposed to nuke puke, or as someone here said, "synaptic drivel spews forth.")

          Or else you "just" have finely honed research skills. Another good reference for my library, thanks again.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Japanese Diet Kool Aid (as in government sponsored Kool Aid)?

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          SP, here's a link to a browser search I did using Kazuya Tanaka as a search term. I always get his name confused with the pro-nuclear professor who was providing nuclear "education" to the public shortly after the accident. He is the one whom the students were trying to prevent from speaking publicly, about a year ago.

          If I'm not mistaken, Enenews has published at least one article where Dr. Tanaka or one of the other authors was interviewed, critiquing the handling of the Fukushima accident. It might be Yoshio Takahashi, or Takashi Saito. It's also possible these men have granted multiple interviews. I thought one of them gave his expert opinion on the status of the number 4 SFP. Maybe that was someone else. (Too tired to fact check this myself, right now.)

          It's hard to imagine they would be pro-nuclear, given their fields, and their being affiliated with Hiroshiima University. Might they not be considered traitors if they are in Hiroshima, and are pro-nuclear. I suppose anything is possible.

          Dr. Tanaka and his co-authors appear to be reliable, at least at first glance. They are solidly seated in the fields of biology, medicine, and such. One would not expect them to have a pro-nuke bias.

          At any rate, have a look and see what you think. I clicked through on one of the links to informaation on Dr. Tanaka, by doing a search at the Hiroshima University website.

          Another thing to…

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            Hmmn … but on the other hand, this:


            "Enabling Collection of Rare Earth Elements by Bacteria – Discovery of Enrichment of Rare Earth Elements by Bacteria (Press Release)"

            Release Date
            17 Nov, 2010

            Hiroshima University
            High Energy Accelerator Research Organization
            Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute

            Key research findings

            The water or the Kool Aid the water or the kool aid?

      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        The radiation is heavy metals. Heavy metals go into the soil and gradually work their way DOWN due to weight and moisture migration.

        Around Chernobyl, the cesium is going DEEPER and DEEPER into the soil.

        No current way to clean it or get rid of it.

        Radiation dangers in food and water; via A Green Road Blog

        Radioactive Bananas? Peeling The Mystery; via A Green Road Blogm

  • or-well

    Carrot and Brocoli grow-op busted!
    "Home grown food must not be trusted!"
    say FDA Safe Food Police.
    "These criminals won't get bail with ease –
    they've been spreading food-radio-noia fears
    and conspira-cising about nuke plant release –
    that Terrorism will get them years!"
    Several neighbors were found in illegal possession
    of food quite lacking contamination
    so after water-boarding to get a confession
    they were sent abroad by special rendition.
    Now the food-chains' profit is once more secure
    and the neighborhood's pacified, very quiet,
    but the ill-health symptoms grow and endure
    and the folks who are left get ready to riot.

    OK, I made it up.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Preach it, preacher! As a good ol' Southern Baptist might say ….

      Not introducing a religious discussion. Just for fun.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    Here's an idea re: replacing nuts with seeds. Squash and pumpkin seeds.

    Make them at home, roasted on low heat (250 degrees Farenheit or lower) with olive oil or coconut oil:

    Pumpkin seeds have tremendous nutritional value. GreenMedInfo just published an article on the health benefits of pumpkin seeds. Am thinking since they are inside shells and inside squash and pumpkins, they may have less Cesium than tree nuts.

    • richard richard

      mmmm… very tasty, making me hungry.

      for me, i wouldn't use coconut oil though, way to many calories there. some soy sauce and garlic is nice, as an alternate.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        That's what I used to think, too. Check this out:

        "The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc."

        Wonderful stuff. Helps whiten the teeth, too, and detoxifies the body if used with a technique called "oil pulling."

        Too much coconut oil isn't good to consume, but if one eats a healthy balance of fats, it's actually quite good.

        Cholesterol is essential to life and metabolism, too (which I didn't used to know). Some argue high cholesterol levels aren't much good at predicting heart disease risk.

        My opinion based on what my new doctors have shared with me. I no longer believe everything the "diet dictocrats" all telling us. Am looking more at what indigenous people ate, and what their diets were like. So far, health has improved by leaps and bounds over the past 2 1/2 years. And in spite of Fukushima, surprisingly enough.

        A sante, Richard, to your health. You're a good egg, as they say here in…

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          You're a good egg, as we say here in the States.

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Coconut oil, in the article above, is said to improve absorption of calcium and magnesium. Radioactive isotopes (Dr. Busby mentioned which ones in one of his videos) displace calcium and magnesium.

          Maybe if one timed the intake of coconut oil, and calcium and magnesium properly, one could reduce the intake and/or body burden of these isotopes. Just a thought.

          • lam335 lam335

            But where are the coconuts coming from? Hawaii?

            I just noticed that a lot of foods contain something in it called "palm fruit oil," and I've been wondering where that comes from too.

            The fact is, food production today is so complicated, with so many ingredients from so many places, it's very hard to be sure we are avoiding foods from areas.

            • lam335 lam335

              … foods from higher risk areas.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              Iam355, get my coconut products from organic farms run by native farmers, in rural areas.

              Had stocked up with lots of oil and coconut flakes a couple of years ago. Now am wondering if it might be a good idea to find another source.

              I like the company I purchase from online Tropical Traditions. Good pricing, customer specials for preferred buyers, great customer service, ethical management.

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                Oh, sorry, Iam355, meant to say Phillipine farmers produce coconut products I buy. XLNT quality.

                And Richard, I wonder if the fats in your friend's prawns might have been part of the problem? Have read they are very fattening. Why does everything yummy have to be restricted? Oh, but I forgot, moderation ….

                And re: processing, yes, food production is very complex. The Tropical Traditions products are, if they're produced as reported, very free of contaminants. The company owns the processing facility, and works with indigenous (native) farmers to support their livelihoods. Everyone benefits. A good system, IMHO. This info. is explained in detail at their website.

              • HoTaters HoTaters

                Sorry, got your moniker wrong. I must sign off, it's late and I have a bazillion comments here today. People are going to get tired of me and tell me to shove off if I keep going like this.

          • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

            Radioactive heavy metals and substances do not DISPLACE normal minerals.

            They are absorbed IN PLACE OF normal minerals.

            For example, if you load up on iodine and are then exposed to radioactive iodine, the gland is full and will take in very little additional radioactive iodine.

            But if you are NOT taking iodine, are deficient in iodine and/or are not fully loaded, and are then exposed to radioactive iodine, the thyroid gland will absorb radioactive iodine just like the 'normal' iodine.

            Each radioactive substance MIMICS a normal mineral and is absorbed like it's cousin, especially if there is a deficiency of the non radioactive mineral.

            Cesium – potassium
            Strontium – calcium

            Anyone have a full list?

          • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

            Yes – loading up with rich non radioactive mineral sources will help protect from radiation harm.

            So will vitamins; Vitamin C, D, and others

            So will things like fermented foods like miso and immune system stimulating foods or herbs.

            Cancer – The Forbidden Cures; via A Green Road

    • Siouxx Siouxx

      Been using and eating pure virgin organic coconut oil for years it comes mainly from the Philippines, Peru and Sri Lanka. Palm oil is something else and if your not eating certified organic of that, then you are also helping to support one of the World's worst deforestation crops. Coconut oil is superb and has so many culinary and medicinal uses, including the treatment of Aids. These are all things (like Fuku radiation) you will hear little about in the MSM because they are nutritional and Allopathy has no time for that. StopGo, if you eat certified organic food from a local shop, with a mission statement you know exactly where everything comes from. If you have to pay more it's because organic doesn't get subsidies and the mission statement shows you the company pays producers a fair price and they in turn pay fair workers' wages. Also why buy things with multiple ingredients, just buy basic items and make the stuff yourself.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Siouxx, thanks for the info. on coconut oil producing areas. Didn't know that (where the producers are, worldwide).

        What's your opinion of organic red palm oil? Hearts of palm?

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    'Guess I'd better be careful what I say or I could give the wrong impression. I'm a "foodie."

    • Siouxx Siouxx

      LOL! The products of Mainstream Media and Big Ag come courtesy of the same people and have the same nutritional value and content. The people who have a chance of survival knew the day it happened, like Dr. Tatsuichiro Akizuki's patients and staff in Nagasaki, that good food and clean water were the key. Japan was/is the second biggest World user, after the USA, of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Pity the organic farmers of Fukushima who were trying to stem the tide of poison already engulfing the country prior to March 2011.

  • andagi andagi

    Dear Folks,
    Any thoughts?

    'Tips to limit radiation from the foods you grow",
    Dept. of Nuclear Engineering Berkley Forum:

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      There's a lot of information on this website at Forum: Ways to combat radiation and its effects.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      The second comment (first response) appears to provide reliable information.

      A local dairy farmer in my area has been sending his feed, soil samples, and milk samples to the BRAWN lab for over a year.

      He told me since he has been using a biodynamic farming product for soil remediation, developed based on research after the Chernobyl accident. The last time his milk was tested, he said, it was completely free of radioactive contaminants.

      The product came from somewhere on the East coast of the U.S. Once I learn more I'll post to Forum area. BTW, the biodynamic farming method and whatever is in the product was used near Chernobyl and it reportedly removed all the contaminants from the soil.

      Would like to know more about it.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Excuse me, sentence was supposed to say, "He told me he has been using" not "since he has been using." Didn't finish editing before posting.

      • Sickputer

        Here is some information on biodynamic farming:

        But I still think if there is a lot of radioactive isotopes in the soil they have to be leached out with fibrous crops (hemp and sunflowers). Those remediation crops have to be dried and disposed of off premises.

      • Net

        Hi HoTaters
        RE: "A local dairy farmer in my area has been sending his feed, soil samples, and milk samples to the BRAWN lab for over a year."

        Does he sell his milk locally? I live in the bay area and would love to buy his milk if it is for sale. I would drive many miles to get safe milk.


        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Net, write to me off-list and I'll write to him, and will ask if he can contact you. He's in Fulton, CA, north of Santa Rosa. If you're not close by enough, he may know of other farmers using the same methods.

          I can't tell you how GREAT it was to meet this fellow and have him tell me he's actually doing soil remediation. He said he has been trying to mobilize other Northern California dairy farmers to try to get them to adopt similar measures. He apparently succeeded where I have failed. Or perhaps his adding his expert opinion after I'd made phone calls, sent e-mails, and so one, made the difference.

          My e-mail:

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            I'd felt like I wasn't getting anywhere, but he was able to influence one large dairy operation to begin testing their milk for radiation. I'd contacted them repeatedly, over a six month period.

      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        would love to know more about this…

        • HoTaters HoTaters

          Hi AGR, to which comment(s) were you responding? Difficult to tell which one you were replying to ….

  • Sickputer

    Here's some good info from three years after Chernobyl that addresses our earlier discussion on the magnitude of radiation fallout in tree nuts/fruits versus ground crops:

    Excerpts from the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations):

    "Clearly, the absorption coefficient will be higher for leafy vegetable (e.g., cabbage) than sparsely-leaved crops (e.g., tomato or onion). Moreover, it is important to note that while most of freshly harvested vegetables might be consumed, only the fruits of tomato plants, nut and pome trees, etc. would be consumed."

    "Forest cover would also be associated with high interception (77, Vol. I, p. 23) but relatively small proportions would be likely to become absorbed by fruit, nuts, etc"

    SP: Another good link that quotes from the really scientific United Nation research above is this website:

    SP: I am adding this one to my keeper URLs.

  • andagi andagi

    Thanks folks 🙂

  • weeman

    Who says its from Fukushima, who's to say that is not from previous nuclear tests or accedients in past and has been their for some time and we are just more aware today, of course they will blame it on Fukushima.
    Every reactor has its own signature, until they test more thoughly we will never know.

    We can live without nuclear power, if we all conserve energy and improve existing technologies.
    The alternative does not look good for the majority of the biomass on this plant if it is not to late.

    Their is much to do and so little time, we must rise up and be heard now, not just in Japan but world wide.
    I urge all to keep informing and updating your colleagues, to the point of being annoying.

    I try every day to inform a person who is not following Fukushima and urge him to look at enenews.
    If we all got one convert a day and that convert got one, like a pyramid scheme, we could win.

    • Sickputer

      When cesium 134 is found then it is from Fukushima because of its 2 year half-life. With 26 years gone by since Chernobyl the C-134 from Russia is pretty well disintegrated.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Disintegrated to something else just as deadly….. 🙁

      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        Not really… they are finding for some strange reason that it is NOT doing what it is supposed to be doing. Levels are just as high now as they were after the Chernobyl accident, according to reports I have seen. No one knows why yet.

        Children are getting sicker and higher percentages are born with radiation induced problems each generation. It is getting WORSE, not better.

        Do not believe the propoganda that radiation is harmless and disappears rapidly.

        Hormesis; What Does Not Kill You, Is Good For You; via A Green Road Blog

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fukushima is spewing on Japan's and U.S. soil. And Europe's soil got wrecked from Chernobyl. All this, from just (2) plants.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      There are MANY MANY nuclear accidents each year.

      There are MANY LARGE accidents, never even talked about or covered by media..

      Explore my blog and find out how truly awful it is if you are brave enough to face the horrors of Pandora's Box

      Not for the faint of heart or delicate mental condition.

      • arclight arclight

        There are MANY MANY nuclear accidents each year.

        +1000 .. never a truer word spoken/written..!!

  • many moons

    How long will it be before testing of all California produce???

    • Sickputer

      Testing of crops? When hell freezes over. Or when the majority of consumers boycott certain regions known to have high contamination.

      But the distributors are ingenious for concealing food origins. Saw a huge truck load of onions today headed to Dallas on a California truck. What will stop the next warehouse from relabeling them as Rio Grande valley onions? Or even call them imports from South America?

      The nuclear cabal governments have many corporate friends to protect. Your ranking for protection status is the bottom of the list.

      What savvy consumers need is inexpensive food analyzers for home use. Average $200 to $2000 Geiger counters won't help. Currently decent analyzers are ten times that much. But I expect to see them break under $1,000 when things get progressively worse.

  • Canuck1

    I sent this info to COSTCO as they sell the almonds and prunes. EVERYONE should be doing the same!

  • RubyGlare

    LONG time lurker here. I live in Calif, last year, because of the possibility of radiation, I threw away all the peaches from my 2 peach trees, also did the same for my orange tree. Now, I don't have a geiger counter, BUT I've been eating the peaches from this year-we had VERY little rain this year, so IS IT safer than last year? Anyone here nearby with a geiger, I think the closest is San Fran, but I'm hoping someone in the valley might be here too?

  • Inorganic

    The Security Tokyo site has Cesium levels for Florida grapefruit at 0.14 Bq/kg ( ). Granted, their levels are 1/7 that of California oranges ( ) and doesn't include Cs 134, but just goes to show there's contamination all over the place.