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
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‘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.

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