Bloomberg on Cesium Found in Baby Food: Made near Tokyo, in Saitama — First detected on Dec. 3 — Japan’s largest infant formula supplier recalling 400,000 cans

Published: December 6th, 2011 at 3:14 am ET
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Meiji Holdings Slumps After Cesium Reported in Baby Food, Bloomberg By Kanoko Matsuyama, Dec. 6, 2011:

  • Japan’s largest supplier of infant formula
  • Voluntarily recalling 400,000 cans
  • Levels of cesium found in the 850-gram cans of baby milk powder are within safe limits and pose no health risk, the Tokyo-based company [Meiji] said
  • The product may have been contaminated by cesium in the air, it said
  • The product was made in Saitama prefecture, north of Tokyo, it said
  • Cesium-137 and cesium-134 were first detected in the Meiji milk product on Dec. 3 and were found again on Dec. 4, the company said
Published: December 6th, 2011 at 3:14 am ET
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35 comments to Bloomberg on Cesium Found in Baby Food: Made near Tokyo, in Saitama — First detected on Dec. 3 — Japan’s largest infant formula supplier recalling 400,000 cans

  • Digilert 100

    “Levels of cesium found in the 850-gram cans of baby milk powder are within safe limits and pose no health risk , the Tokyo-based company said in a statement today.”

    HAHAHAHA. I needed a good laugh.

    • Captain Quark Captain Quark

      Did TEPCO set the ‘safe’ limits? If not they can just move the scale yet again……I’m not laughing. Bastards.

      • Digilert 100

        I guess if it’s within the gov’t ‘safe limits’, it must be safe. Enough with all these baseless rumors!

      • Mack Mack

        These are the “safe” limits set in March. Not sure if they’re still valid. Note that they set “safe” limits for plutonium!!!

        “===============================================================
        Prescribed safe limits for radioactive cesium:
        ================================================================
        200 Becquerel per kilogram Drinking water
        200 (Bq/kg) Milk, dairy products
        500 (Bq/kg) Vegetables
        500 (Bq/kg) Grains
        500 (Bq/kg) Meat, eggs, fish, etc.
        ================================================================
        Prescribed safe limits for uranium:
        ================================================================
        20 Becquerel per kilogram Infant foods
        20 (Bq/kg) Drinking water
        20 (Bq/kg) Milk, dairy products
        100 (Bq/kg) Vegetables
        100 (Bq/kg) Grains
        100 (Bq/kg) Meat, eggs, fish, etc.
        ================================================================

        ================================================================
        Prescribed safe limits for alpha-emitting nuclides of plutonium
        and transuranic elements:
        ================================================================
        1 Becquerel per kilogram Infant foods
        1 (Bq/kg) Drinking water
        1 (Bq/kg) Milk, dairy products
        10 (Bq/kg) Vegetables
        10 (Bq/kg) Grains
        10 (Bq/kg) Meat, eggs, fish etc.
        ===============================================================”

        http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-21/japan-sets-safe-limits-for-consuming-radiation-contaminated-food-table-.html

    • Blown Camaro

      There are no safe limits!!!

    • From cradle to grave exposures !

      • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

        Breast feeding not even an alternative.

        Way back in April breast milk was found to be contaminated (do a site search on breast milk to see the articles).

        Imported or pre-311 formula seem to be the only option if parents want to avoid feeding radioactive milk to their babies.

        The horror of the situation is materializing.

        • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

          Provided that they have access to clean non-contaminated water.

          • They will have to import that as well, even for cooking rice for older children and adults ! We talked of these things that could/would happen when this first started but watch it unfold is mind boggling helplessness and gut wrenching emotionally !

  • Captain Quark Captain Quark

    Where do I live? Saitama. And getting the hell out of here soon. Won’t someone think of the children?!!?

    • Digilert 100

      Well, up here in Hokkaido I am seeing Fukushima, Tochigi, Saitama, Ibaraki, and Chiba foods for sale all over the place. Nowhere in Japan is safe.

  • Digilert 100

    By the way, that 31 becquerels of Cesium per kilogram in the baby food is about 275 times the US EPA safety limit. But Meiji is saying it’s still safe because it’s under the gov’t ‘safety’ limit of 200 becquerels of Cesium per kilogram. *rolls eyes*

    Kyodo news link: http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/12/129974.html

  • Digilert 100

    I think I found a picture of the radioactive baby food in question here:

    http://i40.tinypic.com/2iglter.jpg

    🙂

  • goathead goathead

    What the hell is a neutron ray?

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Neutron ray
      “Particulate ionizing radiation consisting of neutrons. On impact with nuclei or atoms, neutrons possess enough kinetic energy to set the nuclei or atoms in motion with sufficient velocity to ionize matter or enter into nuclear reactions that result in the emission of ionizing radiation. The former variety is usually called the fast neutron, and the latter the thermoneutron, with gradations of epithermal and slow neutrons between them.”
      http://www.answers.com/topic/neutron-ray

      “Neutron radiation is a kind of ionizing radiation which consists of free neutrons. A result of nuclear fission or nuclear fusion, it consists of the release of free neutrons from atoms, and these free neutrons react with nuclei of other atoms to form new isotopes, which, in turn, may produce radiation. This will result in a chain reaction of nuclear radiation, which makes radiation dangerous and harmful over great areas of space….”
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron_radiation

    • fredlvie

      neutron rays cannot be detected by simple geigercounters.it is a little more difficult to measure neutron rays,but operators of nuclear plants MUST have equipment to measure these rays.Of course they don’t tell the truth,because nobody would further would work there.
      must be a horrible value there of these absolutely deadly rays,as ist occurs when a nuclear fission is going on in fresh air.

      :-(((((((((((((

  • tomb1

    neutron radiation means ongoing criticality means very high temperature means corium is still burning through concrete/steel/rock.

    we need sources for that.

  • batista

    Could one speculate on the possibility of Fuku being the cause for the loss of the Russian Mars space probe? Could the nutron ray hit this high?

  • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

    How will they dispose of the 400,000 cans of radioactive formula?

    Feed it to the farm animals?
    Export it?
    Flush it out in the drain?
    Incenerate it?
    Dilute it?
    Put it in bottles and bury them infront of shopping malls?

    Sarc off\

  • Radioactive Baby Formula from Meiji: “No Effect on Health”, Ministry of Health Assures Parents

    The Ministry of Health and Labor, one of whose mandates is to protect consumers, quoted from Asahi Shinbun (12/6/2011), in a typical bureaucratic convolution:

    30ベクレルを検出した粉ミルクの安全性について担当者は「飲む際にはさらに薄まる。健康への影響はないと言える」と話している。

    The person in charge [at the Ministry of Health and Labor] says about the safety of the powdered milk that has been found with 30 becquerels/kg [of radioactive cesium], “It will be …

    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/12/radioactive-baby-formula-msms-parade.html

  • Found in lots produced on Dec, 3 and 4th, the air is so contaminated !

    Japanese prime minister has to have baby formula in front of camera.

    They measured 30.8 Bq/kg of cesium from baby formula called Meiji step 850g.

    Meiji, one of the major Japanese milk product companies, is going to change 400,000 products for free though it’s under the “safety limit” of 200 Bq/kg.

    The contaminated lots are labelled the best-before period like …
    http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/12/breaking-news-30-8-bqkg-from-baby-formula/