Radioactive cesium reported in Kellogg’s cereal from Japan — Almost 20 becquerels per kilogram (PHOTO)

Published: August 6th, 2012 at 3:26 am ET



Kellogg’s All Brown Buran Flake Plain (Expiration Date: May 2013)

  • Cs-134 @ 8.95 Becquerels/kilogram (Bq/kg)
  • Cs-137 @ 10.76 Bq/kg
  • Total Cesium @ 19.71 Bq/kg

h/t Fukushima Diary

Published: August 6th, 2012 at 3:26 am ET


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73 comments to Radioactive cesium reported in Kellogg’s cereal from Japan — Almost 20 becquerels per kilogram (PHOTO)

  • I am sure in India Cs 134/Cs137 in Kellogs or any other brand corn flakes will be tested and if it contains any, will be promptly rejected and the consignment thrown away to be enjoyed by cows and then by infants. Please change for the better now!

    • InfoPest InfoPest

      Because Kelloggs is such a well known American Brand this story should be past along to all major news outlets, they just might report on it. I sent the story to CNN a got the following reply.

      Tuesday, August 7, 2012 9:06 AM

      Hello (InfoPest)!

      Thank you for sharing your story with CNN. We have passed it along and made the news team aware of this story. Thank you again for your interest and please keep your browser pointed to


      CNN Viewer Communications

      General comments: This story from Japan reports that Kelloggs cereal sold in Japan is contaminated with a large amount of radioactive cesium.

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    I tried to Google "buran flakes". Suspect it is supposed to be all-bran.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    "40% is Japanese wheat and 60% is polished rice from US.", says Fuku Diary.
    I didn't know rice is grown in the US and exported to Japan; I would've ecpected the rice being from Japan and the wheat from the US.
    The logic of globalisation is beyond me.

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Google Translate yields this:

      "Kellogg's all bran bran flake plane [Product Name] T [Japan Limited Liability Company Kellogg Company Name]
      Such as the expiration date] [2013.05 FBAEZ
      (Domestic) 30% whole wheat samples [information], (domestic) 10% wheat crust, and the rest like milled rice (U.S.)"

      from a story closer to the source (I think) at:

      It's still a bit weird but less so than the Fukushima Diary version. Maybe a future proper translation will make more sense.

      At least nobody has made any Snap, Crackle, Pop jokes yet. (Oops).

    • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

      "40% is Japanese wheat and 60% is polished rice from US."
      Just to confirm, the report in Japanese said so.

      Japanese cultivates wheat for noodles etc. US is aiming for total food control in Japan and pushing their GM crops (decision to join TPP agreement could be very soon along with Canada & Mexico 🙁 ) Since kelloggs is a US firm so it is all possible.

    • TraderGreg

      Hi BaB:

      You would be surprised, very surprised. The rice is grown in California just west of Sacramento. These are huge rice fields. This is one of the best and most expensive brands of rice. The climate is perfect (very hot) and there is plenty of water as the King river nearby rushes towards the Golden Gate bridge in SF. The soil is incredibly rich, as for millions of years the rains washed the minerals from the Sierra Nevada mountains (as big as Alps) down to the Central Valley.

      I shop in the Chinese supermarkets here in the SF area. The California rice is being sold everywhere and it carries the highest price. If you are in Germany, check your local Chinese supermarket. Chances are that you will see the California rice.

      These rice fields are brutal during summer when you drive Interstate into Sacramento thru the rice fields. Your windshield will be completely covered with splashed insects. Big cleanup job after each trip to Sacramento.

  • rambojim


    Don't believe everything you read in Fuku Diary..

  • rambojim

    So far,the government of South Korea has done the most good for their citizens by banning all fish coming from Japan,while in the good old US of A,our government is welcoming all fish from Japan because" We signed a deal with the Japanese government to buy fish and we don't want to hurt their feelings by backing out now".

    These words were uttered by the one and only Queen Hillary Clinton.Let us in the US all remember this when she runs for president in the future.

    I don't blame Billy at all for cheating on this beauty…

  • arclight arclight


    let them know we dont want to be slolwly poisoned by ANY bequerels!!

    Angry Consumers Deluge Kashi with Concerns over GMO Subterfuge

    April 26th, 2012
    Damage Control PR by Kellogg Division under the Microscope

    “Had I known I was buying a product that was like all the others in the “normal” cereal aisle….I would have never purchased it and I certainly would not have paid the high prices!!!!! It disgusts me,” wrote one consumer, on Kashi’s Facebook page. “Yours is the only brand cereal I have bought for years. Not anymore! You are despicable. Everything you supposedly stand for is a lie,” added another angry consumer, among the scores commenting."

    • arclight arclight

      Reducing caesium contamination of
      food products in the Chernobyl area
      Under a collaborative project involving the IAEA, FAO, and other
      bodies, Prussian Blue compounds are being used in Belarus, Russia,
      and Ukraine to reduce caesium levels in milk and meat products

      "..for clean milk and used subsequently for animal feeding. There is currently no price difference between clean and contaminated milk. The systems of marketing animals for meat are similar throughout the affected areas.
      Animals from collective and private farms are purchased by the state/local authority and gathered either at local abattoirs for slaughter or at fattening centres. As a rule, no distinction is made between the two types of production systems. Beef production and marketing are much less affected in the contaminated areas than is the case for milk. This is because animals generally are fed clean forage/grain for 2-3 months befores laughter, allowing time for contamination levels to fall below the TPLs. Nevertheless, eveunder this system around 12 000 animals peryear exceed the TPLs for meat (600 Bq/kg in Belarus,…"

    • arclight arclight


      post GM awareness.. and the shares in KELLOGGS are PLUMMETING!!

      love high frequency trading news aggrigate software me..


      kelloggs poisoning gm bequerels cesium radiation puke side effects shares decline rock bottom why did we accept gm and manky bequerel loaded rice!! managing director moves to south america with the bankers!

      lol 😉

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        Arclight, the graph you posted shows Kellogg's shares rising dramatically, not plummeting. There seemed to be a substantial drop some months ago and a recent rapid rise. The present price is apparently mid-way between the one-year low and the one-year high.

        I don't understand how that fits with your story line.

        • arclight arclight

          look at the 5 year map and see a plummet in 2009

          "2. Boycott Kellogg's For Using Genetically Modified Sugar in its Cereal Products, 06/14/09."

          and you can blame godlike for that one! lol!
          lets make the enenews dip bigger 🙂

          • aigeezer aigeezer

            Ah, I get it now. I first thought you meant it had just taken a sharp drop.

            • arclight arclight

              KELLOGGS should be having a sharp share price drop …. about now! lol!

              • aigeezer aigeezer

                It's up today at the moment – very early in the trading day. Sometimes people will buy stocks on bad news, trying to outsmart the market. Other times buying can be damage control on the part of unknown players.

                Now 50.61 +0.26 (0.52%)
                Shares traded 478,828.00
                Opened 50.27
                High today so far 50.71
                Low today so far 50.14

                Sharks in the water – it could go anywhere from here.

    • flatsville

      If 100% GMO soy is showing up in Kashi Cereals owned by Kellogg, how long before radiation contaminated grains show up in regular Kellogg branded cereals?

      With a near nationwide drought in the US, global food manufacturers will be sourcing grains where they can.

      Pay attention US consumers. This scenario is not so far-fetched. Remember the State Department agreement with Japan regarding food.

  • arclight arclight

    i thought that this bit of sleuthing was interesting from april 2011

    Perception Management: How 'acceptable levels' of radiation are adjusted to make us think everything is A-OK

    "..Only here (in article 2) do we find that the allowable limit of radioactive food and fodder contamination was increased tenfold relative to the older regulation (3985/1987), while at the same time the list of articles included in that regulation is much bigger. Presumably the numbers are being manipulated to accommodate the ever-increasing levels of radiation being detected in the years following a nuclear accident.

    In summing up, the allowable contamination limit for cesium 134 or 137 increased as follows: for milk and dairy produce – from 370 Bq to 10,000 Bq/kg or liter; for other foodstuffs – from 600 Bq to 12,500 Bq/kg or liter!!!

    As a side note, isn't it odd that 3 years after the 1986 disaster in Eastern Europe the limits were revised upwards? Doesn't it suggest how much we've been lied to about levels of radiation post-Chernobyl?

    The FoodWatch Organization was first to notice that recent EU regulation 297/2011 made a mistake in comparing allowable limits between EU and Japan because it was based on European limits set back in 1987. To arrive at the current limits decided on this year, you have to multiply them by a factor of 10 (see paragraph 2 in regulation no 944/89). ….."


    • arclight arclight

      "…Why is regulation 297/2011 concerned only with imports from Japan? It rather looks like the trade concerns of a country which does not belong to the EU, along with European importers, are being put first when it comes to permitting contaminated food and fodder on the market! Isn't it an apparent violation of the rule of equal position of all business/economic entities through favouring the continued import of contaminated goods?…"

      food for thought!??

    • I think the EPA raised the permissible standard for water as well

      Jeff MacMahon at Fobes had posted in April of 2011 that the EPA allows 3 picocuries per liter for beta-emitters like Iodine-131:

      "EPA does not allow drinking water to contain more than 3 picoCuries per liter of radioactive istotopes like iodine-131 and cesium-137."

      However, when I started looking at current EPA guidelines, I found two separate pages that gave the allowable level for beta-emitters in terms of an exposure level, not a quantitative measurement of the amount of beta-emitters in water.

      Both of these links show EPA water levels set at 4mrem a year:

      [Exccerpt] "To protect public health, EPA has established drinking water standards for several types of radioactive contaminants combined radium 226/228 (5 pCi/L); beta emitters (4 mrems); gross alpha standard (15 pCi/L); and uranium (30 µg/L)"

      See table here with same content here:

      Arclight found the following link explaining the measurement equivalent for 4 mrem

      "EPA has established a maximum contaminant level of 4 millirem per year … The average concentration of cesium-137 which is assumed to yield 4 mrem/year is 200 picocuries per liter….


      • Thanks majia.

        You explained that in a very understandable way.

        So, 200 pq/yr for a liter of water.
        (note: year – that's a good 'baseline' comparison I would think.)
        Figure ~20 pq/kg in the cereal. (19.71 pq/kg)

        The box says 250 grams. That would be .25 kg

        Then, if one ate the whole box they would receive a dose of 5 pq.
        (that seemed simple enough)

        Going a bit further if a person ate 1 box per week for a year they would exceed the 200 pq/yr limit for water.
        (Correct me if I am wrong.)

        Articles should state this. We shouldn't have to figure it out.

  • stopnp stopnp



      not only delicious but extra nutritious


      I used to joke that when Whole Foods gets into financial trouble, some mining company could come in and rescue them… for diversification purposes. then, the mining guys decide that because their uranium and asbestos come right out of the ground … just like food, why not merge the 2? The uranium and asbestos are organic. They would go great in all the products. Looks like Kellogg's ( o double good ) is getting out there way ahead of the curve. [-:

  • arclight arclight

    has noda shares in nuclear? great breakdown of the public hearings

    Japanese PM Noda Considers Nuclear Free Japan/70% Citizens in Public Hearing say No Nuclear

    Published on Aug 6, 2012 by freedomwv
    With national elections coming in Japan within the next few months, Japanese PM Noda in a bit to save his position and party is now considering phasing out nuclear power in Japan. This comes in light of a recent nation wide public hearing which found that nearly 70 percent of Japanese citizens favor an end to nuclear power by 2030.


  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Radioactive cesium in Kellogg’s cereal cereal. Not good.

  • chrisk9

    A real "Cereal Killer". Sorry couldn't resist.

  • many moons

    It won't be long before they are including radioactive byproducts as an added benefit……

    "Radiation in controled portion promotes growth so enjoy a healthy bowl of corn flakes…now with added radioisotopes!"

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    Really, let's be clear on this point: Anyone in the world who knowingly farms, manufactures, distributes, or sells foods with radiation, is a criminal. The world court should declare such actions to be crimes against humanity. Shut down all nukes now. Peace.

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      I think I know what you mean philipupnorth but it's messy. For instance:

      Quite a few foods contain radiation naturally (as the pro-nukes love to remind us). In that case, I would prefer to see labels rather than criminalizing, say, banana distributors.

      Governments everywhere pick some level as "acceptable", in which case the "bad guys" wouldn't be the food-production/distribution people who follow the rules, but rather the governments who make them. It's important to distinguish between perps and bystanders, but of course in the real world the boundaries are fuzzy because the food people probably pressure the government people to relax the limits.

      Finally, society might agree that some level is acceptable (or not) – it's just that we are never asked. The decisions are made by faceless bureaucrats "on our behalf". All in all, labeling might do the trick if the public understood the implications of the labels. You might choose to eat Brazil nuts, say, and I might not or vice versa but at least we would have an informed choice.

      My take is that the huge wrong perpetrated now is the coverup of data so that members of the public cannot make their own decisions about risks and tradeoffs.

    • many moons

      The sad thing is if you dressed the exports of this radation contaminated food like a terrorist (put a turbin on his head) people would then identify with the danger of food that contains radiation….

      It's the story behind the cesium in the fish….who is selling it…

      Hillary was protecting America and capitalism when she signed the agreement with Japan to not test exports for radiation. But if those same products were coming from the middle east and had the same amount of radiation it would be a national would be considered an attack on America…

      Same fish, same radiation, different story, same sad contaminated outcome.