Oct. 28 — “Health minister Yoko Komiyama announced Friday that the government will lower the allowable amount of radiation in food products from 5 millisieverts per year to 1, but some experts are puzzled,” writes Jun Hongo for The Japan Times.
“The current limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram of radiation for meat, fish and vegetables is also expected to be lowered by about one-fifth in April.”
The upcoming change is welcome, though why is it ‘safe’ to eat food contaminated with 500 Bq/kg of cesium now — and not six months from now?
And why were some experts still puzzled?
“Experts question the focus solely on internal exposure from food and drink, while ignoring external exposure from radioactive materials, such as fallout on the ground, roofs and in ditches. ‘I can’t think of a reason why they decided to omit external exposure as a factor in the proposal this time,’ said Dr. Eisuke Matsui, who heads the Gifu Environmental Medicine Research Institute.”
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Published: October 28th, 2011 at 9:34 am ET
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