TOKYO, Japan — Vladimir Babenko is deputy director of the Belrad Institute of Radiation Safety in the former Soviet republic of Belarus. Babneko advised local residents after the meltdown at Chernobyl, just across the Belarus border in Ukraine.
During a press conference in Tokyo he urged Japan to lower food radiation limits to “realistic” levels.
Babenko “cannot understand the thresholds designated by the Japanese government for food and beverage products, saying they are much higher than Belarusian standards.”
He noted that the allowable limit of 200 becquerels per kilogram of cesium in Japan drinking water is 20 times as high as the maximum allowable level in Belarus.
SOURCE: Japan’s food radiation limits set too high: Belarusian scientist, Kyodo, October 13, 2011
Published: October 13th, 2011 at 5:59 am ET