Gov’t allows cows to emit up to 100,000 CPM of radioactivity — Humans would be required to undergo full-body decontamination

Published: July 18th, 2011 at 9:15 am ET


‘Colossal blunder’ on radioactive cattle feed / Govt officials admit responsibility for foul-up that let tainted beef enter nation’s food supply, Yomiuri Shimbun, July 17, 2011:

The checks involved electronically measuring the amount of radioactive material on the surface of the animals’ bodies. Shipment is allowed if the detected radioactive emissions are below 100,000 counts per minute. The same amount of radioactive material on a human would require that person to undergo full-body decontamination.

So far, about 12,000 cattle have been subjected to the checks, and all have passed, the agriculture ministry said.

Published: July 18th, 2011 at 9:15 am ET


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34 comments to Gov’t allows cows to emit up to 100,000 CPM of radioactivity — Humans would be required to undergo full-body decontamination

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    The enhanced count-down.

  • Will they be raising new cattle ?
    This may prove to be interesting as the outcome !

  • sssilviaaa sssilviaaa

    And again, no word about fish. When they release fish values the world is freaking out.

    • Yes, strange that no-one has measured a fish yet.
      ‘No Nuclear Risk To North Pacific Fish’ Officials Say
      —————————————-And, AOL owns? (Huffington Post)

      The Feds are already protecting the Dairy and Beef and Big Ag industries, so why not the Alaska fisheries, too.

      A simple look at the maps below tells the tale of exactly why the Feds SHOULD be monitoring ALL Pacific caught seafood.

      First off, the Kuroshio Current (also named the Black Current) flowing northbound just off the East Coast of Japan meets up with the Oyashio Current, flowing southbound next to Japan’s east coast. The two then run off together and head due EAST and become the North Pacific Current.

      The venerable North Pacific, as you will see below, jaunts straight across the Pacific and then SPLITS…with half going directly north into the Gulf of Alaska where it swirls and swirls in a sweeping counter-clockwise vortex. The southern portion of the split heads straight for the the West Coast where it becomes the California Current as it flows south and down the West Coast into Baja California before eventually reaching Baja and fading into the North Equatorial Current and a return trip back to Asia.

  • theypoisonus

    Cover over one reactor as typhoon prep:

    More injection problems: πŸ™

    • Sickputer

      >More injection problems:

      “TEPCO says a decrease in water injection of this level should not trigger a sudden temperature rise in the reactor.”

      You think Blob 1 is doing ugly things down below? *;-) Don’t see much mention of the words corium or multiple melt-outs lately from Tepco lately, now do we?

      • Fukushima’s injection problems seem to be resulting in considerable on-off releases of steam or smoke.

        Tepco cam says 7/19 2:09

    • It looks like that is for the turbine building. I wonder why — is it the building the reactor lid fell through after the explosion?

  • byron byron

    How much is that in mitosis efts? (spell checker) Microsieverts?

  • kx kx

    aparently the limit can still be raised to 200k in case any cow gets higher then 100k and still walks

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    If the government asked for radiation checks of cattle only since April 18th, may I ask how much contaminated beef has been distributed and eaten before that date??

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      I know: I can ask but will only get a bland look and shrugged shoulders as an answer…

      • Bioaccumulation may be a factor. We might see increased levels over time, leading to belated realizations by various officials that something is not as they had been told to tell the people — some of them surely mean well … so what was not so alarming in April might be much more so in July. The problems we are already seeing with rice straw do not bode well for the rice harvest.

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          You’re probably right risabee, ty.

        • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

          I’m afraid it is too late to worry about the rice harvest. These cows were fed radioactive rice hay. Rice hay is what is left over after harvesting rice. The question nobody has asked yet is “What happened to the rice?”

  • theypoisonus

    Someone may have posted this vid before, I just found it and if it is a repeat, I apologize. πŸ™‚

    Geiger counter 101 + readings at various areas in Japan.

  • maaa

    I’m terrified of the eating seafood. There are tons of plutonium in the water. The ocean currents will spread plutonium all over the world. We are doomed.

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi maaa

      I have not eaten fish since the gulf. Once the oceans become contaminated, we are in big trouble.
      The air, the rain, our drinking water, soil, everything will also eventually follow, getting contaminated.

      How long will it take, for our beaches to see some of the destruction from Fukushima?

      This is the only time that I’m glad I don’t own beach front property.
      There goes the million dollar homes there.
      If I was the richest person, that is the last place I would live. I don’t think those homes on the beach will be a wise investment.

  • Cindy

    The EPA has said they would re-test in August , for the Rad Net system, testing Precipitation, Milk and Drinking water , and would release the values to the public… We’ll see …

    We are almost there …

    I think they were hoping the values would decline, Wondering if they will post the true results …

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi Cindy

      I hope there will be people looking over their shoulders.
      Sorry, my trust level is dwindling.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      We should probably already know the answer because they have postponed testing and enlightening us until August! I am furious that my tax dollars go to support the incompetents who are supposed to be protecting us. Abolish the EPA altogether and start over.

  • bfly

    ..Live simply so others may simply live… no one needs to go hungry.its very easy to go vegan these days. The animal kingdom needs us to step up and save what remains…I pray it not to late.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    What are they, going to feed the people there, or does it matter at this point?

    Will the beef be shipped to other countries?

  • Novamind

    Think of the products made from the Leather from the hides.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Sorry – I need to ask again: the un-eaten reamins of 12.000 cattle with up to 100.000 cpm are nuclear waste, or not??
    Surely not in a nuke waste facility!

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      The genie is out of the bottle. Can’t put it back. Nuclear Humpty Dumpty took a great fall….

  • Agapit

    100,000 CPM? If something hasn’t been lost in the translation then that beef’s not radioactive waste, it’s high level radioactive waste. Just being near it is endangering your health.

  • byron byron

    Thanks Novamind, everyone agree, 100counts/minute=1 Microsievert? Microsieverts are an hourly measurement, right?
    So, Agapit, 100,000 cpm = 1,000 microsieverts per hour. That would be 1 millisievert per hour. What does a cow weigh? 365 Kg? So, standing next to one of these happy cows for one hour is like how much radiation?