Cesium and iodine both at least 600% above EPA’s maximum contaminant level in Hawaii milk

Published: April 11th, 2011 at 7:41 am ET


Milk RadNet Laboratory Analysis, EPA, posted April 10, 2011:

Milk sample in Hilo, Hawaii collected April 4, 2011:

Cs-134 @ 24 picoCuries per liter (pCi/l)
Cs-137 @ 19 pCi/l
I-131 @ 18 pCi/l

Read the EPA report here.

Radiation Detected In Drinking Water In 13 More US Cities, Cesium-137 In Vermont Milk, Forbes blog of Jeff McMahon, April 9, 2011:

Milk… iodine-131… EPA maximum contaminant level is 3.0 [picoCuries per liter], but this is a conservative standard designed to minimize exposure over a lifetime, so EPA does not consider these levels to pose a health threat.

Cesium-137… milk… falls under the same 3.0 [pCi/l] standard.

Read the report here.

Published: April 11th, 2011 at 7:41 am ET


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6 comments to Cesium and iodine both at least 600% above EPA’s maximum contaminant level in Hawaii milk

  • Afu

    How much milk does Hawai produce, per thousand year ??

    They really got cows there ??

  • Jack

    Yeah-ba-Dabba, Afu….
    Big Island Hawaii is home to Parker Ranch, actually the largest
    outfit outside of Texas, famous for “Paniolos”, hawaiian cowboys.
    If you ever go there, try some Hawaiian
    Roselani Ice Cream–Hawaiian Haupia ice cream.
    Haupia is the classic Coconut pudding.
    Lots of Agriculture there. Macadamia Nuts, Coffee, Fruit, Flowers.
    Might be Too Late to go, now…

    • xdrfox

      Landed there on my way to Nam 68, the airport then had a Huge Aquarium in it, the weather was so nice at night, and there were active lava flows in a lot of places I could see landing !

  • Ron

    There are no dairies in the State of Hawaii. I personally know parties involved in trying to re-establish a dairy here for that very reason. All our milk –even tho it comes in cartons that may have a local dairies name on it– comes from the mainland U.S. Most of the 7 islands have ranches that produce beef…..not milk.
    Its not to late to visit the islands….yet. Do it now, because it may be too late soon!!

  • Ron

    Pardon me….there is at least one dairy on the Big Island of Hawaii…..I believe it is the last one to survive in this state.

  • Cow Dairies in Hawaii

    Cloverleaf Dairy
    This cow dairy in Upolo on the Big Island of Hawaii has about 650 dairy cows that are milked twice a day. The Cloverleaf Dairy has been owned and operated by the Boteilho family since (I believe) the late 1950’s.

    Island Dairy
    This dairy farm in Ookala on Big Island has about 500 cows. Island Dairy started growing its own feed in 2008 to fight the rising cost of feed imported from the mainland. At one time the dairy was spending about $1.6 million a year importing feed for its cows. Island Dairy is planning to grow about 200 acres of corn and it may plant another 35 acres of sorghum, alfalfa, and peanuts. The company is hoping to eventually have about 1200 dairy cows.
    2008 Island Dairy Article in West Hawaii Today

    Meadow Gold Dairy of Hawaii
    Processor and distributor of fresh and cultured dairy products, a line of juice drinks, and frozen dessert products. Located at 925 Cedar Street in Honolulu. Note that Meadow Gold is not actually a dairy, they are a processor and distributor of dairy and other products.

    Goat Dairies in Hawaii

    Hawaii Island Goat Dairy
    This 10 acre goat cheese dairy on the Big Island of Hawaii is located in Ahualoa and it is owned and operated by Dick and Heather Threlfall. The dairy produces two types of goat cheese that are sold under the name “Big Island Goat Cheese”. They produce a soft cheese in several flavors including garlic, macadamia nut, basil, pesto, rocoto pepper, and chipotle. They also produce a traditional feta cheese that is vacuum-packed in brine.

    Surfing Goat Dairy
    This 42 acre goat cheese dairy farm in Kula on the island of Maui is owned by Thomas and Eva Kafsack, both originally from Germany. They produce a soft goat cheese flavored with items such as salmon, green peppercorns, herbs, curry, mango, horseradish, sun dried tomatoes, hot peppers, lavender, garlic, chives, and more. Winner of several “Best Goat Cheese Spread” awards. They also offer tours to the general public for a fee, including impromptu, casual tours, late afternoon “Chores and Milking” tours, and two hour “Grand Tours” which include feeding and milking a goat, watching cheese being made, and sampling cheeses produced by the dairy.