Cesium nearly doubles over past month in Bay Area milk — Now well above EPA’s maximum contaminant level

Published: September 29th, 2011 at 12:55 pm ET


UCB Milk Sampling Results, Nuclear Engineering Department At UC Berkeley, September 27, 2011:

Pasteurized, homogenized milk obtained from a San Francisco Bay Area organic dairy

Best By Date of 08/22/2011:

  • Cs134 @ 0.047 Becquerels/liter (Bq/L)
  • Cs137 @ 0.052 Bq/L

Best By Date of 09/29/2011:

  • Cs134 @ 0.080 Bq/L
  • Cs137 @ 0.101 Bq/L

Above EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level

“EPA lumps these gamma and beta emitters together under one collective MCL [Maximum Contaminant Level], so if you’re seeing cesium-137 in your milk or water, the MCL is 3.0 picocuries per liter; if you’re seeing iodine-131, the MCL is 3.0; if you’re seeing cesium-137 and iodine-131, the MCL is still 3.0.” –Forbes.com

The 9/29 milk sample contains a total of 0.181 Bq/L of radioactive cesium (4.9 picocuries per liter), or more than 160% of the EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level.

SOURCE: UC Berkeley

Published: September 29th, 2011 at 12:55 pm ET


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84 comments to Cesium nearly doubles over past month in Bay Area milk — Now well above EPA’s maximum contaminant level

  • ocifferdave

    So who is going to call up the EPA, ask them what they are going to do about it, and post the EPA responce here? What is their phone best phone number for asking them something like this?

    • bmurr bmurr

      I recently contacted the milk company I buy from. the following is their response. I asked about radiation in milk.

      Hello Brian,

      We received a response from our Quality Control manager regarding your inquiry.

      His response:

      The Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) required by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) applies to all milk (organic & conventional). Radiological assessments are routinely conducted on raw milk in all regions of the country. The testing was increased after the Fukajima incident as a proactive measure. The results are that no changes have been noted.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hi bmurr, please tell us that they did NOT write “Fukajima”.


        • bmurr bmurr

          I copied that directly out of my email. I didn’t even notice they spelled Fukushima wrong…

          I never responded to her because I figured that is their official stance, and what’s the point in arguing with them.

      • @toadmacToadmac.

        Detect the soil below your rain spout as well as your homes gutter. Also find an outdoor pool. public outdoor Bird bath, and any items that have been outside since march that have collected water (buckets) or such. Be sure if it is a liquid sample such as your household water that you place the liquid on a paper towel, so you will not have a false reading due to the water acting as a moderator. Also be sure in the pool to rub the towel on the bottom of the pool and or bucket.

  • tomb1

    Here you can see the milk contamination after Chernobyl in Germany. I’d assume that it still well above the values you have in SF.


    (dots=milk; line=blood of pregnant women)

    Taken from this study, sorry, in German.


    This study has proven that even low radiation seems to influence the health of babys badly.

  • TheWorldIsBlind

    I been tellin people to avoid the west coast for a long time now. If it’s in the milk it has already been injested by the people, and still no one cares, just a big joke to everyone. Yeah laugh it up America, cancer is just so funny! F!ck the EPA, our Gov’T is corrupt. Obama – Shame on you, but hey guess what! Even the big dog get’s exposed to it just as much as us, JOKES ON YOU A$$ H O L E!

    *the world IS blind*

    • Darth

      President ZERO,

      Perry, who I don’t give a hoot for, nailed it with his TV add about Obama.

      Zero jobs, zero growth, zero change, zeroed EPA…

      • Darth

        Forgot to add,

        Zero war protesters in the face of three wars…

      • Newton

        And you think it’d be any better with a Repubicant in the White House? It’s Tweedle-dee or Tweedle-dum, and the status quo won’t be upset by either. At least Obama is trying to help people who are out of work. Perry and the rest of them would just throw them to the wolves.

        • NoVictimNoFraudNoCrime

          “And you think it’d be any better with a Repubicant in the White House? It’s Tweedle-dee or Tweedle-dum, and the status quo won’t be upset by either. At least Obama is trying to help people who are out of work.”

          I agreed with you up until you said “At least Obama is trying to help people who are out of work”
          No, he’s trying no such thing. He’s a shill for the globalists. He’s a puppet. Have you not noticed that nothing, NOTHING our government has done since he has been in office is any different than it was when Bush was in office?
          Why do you think that’s the case?
          And yes, Perry and the rest of them wil continue the agenda.
          But for Ron Paul.

        • dharmasyd dharmasyd

          B.O.’s just campaigning again, like in 2008.

          At least Obama is trying to help people who are out of work.

          Just campaigning, and just like the old Arpege adverts:

          Promise ’em anything, but give ’em gArbage (sic).

          • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

            Great post. I agree totally. Going from worst President ever, a shill for Wall Street and a shill for nuclear power, to full throttle campaign mode. He’s such a phony and the world was fooled. We got no change! 🙁

          • He said that when he first came to office !
            He would Create shovel ready Jobs !

      • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

        I can’t help but saying something when I hear all this Obama bashing…do you really think he is in charge, that he has much of a say in the decisions that get made? I don’t. I think that as soon as he took office (just like anyone who would become president) he was informed about who was really in control, what decisions to make, etc. This is why he made the decisions he did about who to put incertain positions; I doubt he had much say in any of it…

        If you would become president of the US, you would get the same ‘inauguration’, I’m sure…the president is just a pawn, don’t you realize that?

        I am well aware of it, and I actually feel sorry for Obama. I am not so sure he wasn’t out to bring about change when he was elected, but it’s obvious to me that the PTB are in control and he has very little say in it.

        Apart from a complete revolt by the president himself, I doubt that this will ever change…the PTB (globally) have an agenda, and they aren’t about to change course for some new president.

        • dharmasyd dharmasyd

          WCG — I must disagree with your time line”

          I think that as soon as he took office… he was informed about who was really in control…

          Au Contraire! I think that as soon as he made any public indication about his ambitions, those “really in control” told him what was expected. I don’t think he entered the oval office unaware of what he had been anointed to do.

          And he certainly has not disappointed those “really in control…”

          My other disagreement is because of what we are seeing now with the #occupywallst movememt
          which shows that it is not a revolt by the president which is needed, but a revolt by WE THE PEOPLE!

          In my heart, I Occupy Wall Street! And I will join them, even though I have COPD-Emphysema, after my eye surgery on Monday. I’m old, 78; and tear gas or respiratory inhibiting agents could kill me; but I will be out there in the streets as soon as I am able, without fear. Take me if you must.

          Maybe I’ll see you at the SF Federal building soon! It is we who must do this, not the president!

    • teamplayer

      This is from April, but at that time Boise, ID recorded the highest levels of radiactive materials in the US.
      I think we make a mistake in thinking that the West Coast is the only region to be concerned about.

    • Nothing lately on MSM about Mrs. Prez’s food garden since Fuka and the fallouts !

  • Anthony Anthony

    UPDATE: Officials Heckled in Tense Nuke Meeting

    An angry mood Tuesday pervaded an informational meeting about the Fukushima nuclear disaster and how it relates to safety practices at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

    By Adam Townsend
    Email the author
    September 28, 2011

    Photos (8)
    Some anti-nuke advocates feel the city should have included their experts in the meeting Tuesday, and protested with duct tape over their mouths. More than 200 people showed up at an informational meeting Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 to hear from the NRC about how safety lessons learned from the Fukushima nuclear disaster could apply to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

    [MODERATOR: Read the rest here http://sanclemente.patch.com/articles/some-heckle-officials-in-tense-nuke-meeting%5D

  • Anthony Anthony

    BARDA funds development of five drugs to protect against radiation
    U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesPosted on:29 Sep 11

    More U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press releases

    The development of five new drugs to treat injuries associated with acute radiation syndrome will move forward under contracts awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

    Acute radiation syndrome is caused by exposure to high doses of damaging (ionizing) radiation. ARS includes injuries to multiple organs, hemorrhaging, infection, and suppression of the immune system’s ability to fight organisms that cause infection.

    Read more: http://www.pharmiweb.com/pressreleases/pressrel.asp?ROW_ID=47906#ixzz1ZMhRpypD

    • Bobby1

      Big pharma is already making plans to cash in on the radiation catastrophe.

      • Anthony Anthony

        I hear that…. perhaps TEPCO should be on the hook with the Japanese government to provide free medicine to all affected citizens of their disaster? Even all of us living halfway around the world away from Poison Island.

      • dharmasyd dharmasyd

        Cash in and…UGH! …it will give one more reason to keep nukes alive…
        “Don’t worry folks; we’ve got a pill!”

  • arclight arclight

    well done uc berkely! making up for lost time now…suspect them reports too be flying out!/sarc

    year on year the organic market has grown, with the small vagaries of the market, so if the market in organic was to drop? could the organic farmers sue tepco/japanese government or does insurance cover this…….?

    the evidence of a drop in sales as the news gets out might be compelling for a budding/experienced lawyer!! or do you think the recession will be blamed 🙁

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      True dat. UCB’s BRAWM team only measures organic. Curious!

    • Siouxx Siouxx

      Organic producers, in the case of a polluter such as an adjoining non-organic farmer who allows spraydrift from pesticide to contaminate organic land, have recourse to the label which certifies their organic status. I saw this happen when I stayed on an organic sheep farm – help is a phone call away. However, this is something different, although my understanding is that the radionuclides can be ‘fingerprinted’ as from a unique source?
      People who drink raw milk, as we do, would only drink ‘grass-fed’ raw milk because otherwise there would be no point, the milk would just be the same old dead white stuff. I can see radioactivity pushed now as a reason to eat non-organic, intensively reared, indoor animals because as with Nuclear Power, Intensive Farming is in trouble. Fukushima might just be the best thing that ever happened to it. I saw on ENENEWS in the early days, someone commenting here that they would be eating only battery eggs. Sorry but that is madness, eating an egg from an ill and stressed-out bird, kept alive with antibiotics in an enclosed environment which will be just as radioactive as the outside? Not to mention where do you think the poor hens pesticide-laden feed is grown. The first suicide case of a farmer in Japan was a conversion farmer – this year he would have become fully organic. Organic farmers, I’m just a very small one, are really pissed off, we have been fighting on behalf of the land and our animals for years against poison, animal cruelty, corporate greed and GMO and now this. Thanks Tepco.

  • OlympicLight OlympicLight

    Don’t worry bmurr, its only a little bit of poison…

    It’s been quite a while since cesium and iodine have been detected in cali’s milk. Which means that it’s been in their soil for even longer. And if its in their soil, its in anything that grows out of the ground (fruits, veggies, other animals that consume plants).

    Idaho has also detected radiation in their water, which again, will spread to whatever consumes good ol h2o. So just imagine what the west coast numbers REALLY look like had they not stopped testing conveniantly when we’re having a nuclear crises.

    Conncect the dots people…it’s probably a good idea to cut back milk in your diet to say the least.

  • lam335 lam335

    My question is did something specific happen over in Japan last week to cause this latest increase, or is it just a cumulative effect?

    • OlympicLight OlympicLight

      I’d say both. If the number four reactor had caught on fire, then thats very very bad. And since this problem still hasn’t been contained (since march) then all of the detected and undetected radiation particles are accumulating because the ocean doesn’t dilute it as much as if the radiation had been traveling over solid earth.

      Not to mention that if any air gets inside right now, theres a 100% likliness of a hydrogen explosion. It’s gotten to a point where its as stable as a ticking time bomb…

      • lam335 lam335

        But I would think if #4 did catch on fire last night it wouldn’t have made its way into milk on the west coast yet. In March, it supposedly took about five days for stuff to come over. So if there was a specific event, I would think it would’ve had to occur last week. Weren’t there also some spikes in Japan last week? Maybe there was some kind of major re-criticality in one of the melted cores?

        • There have been reporting’s of 4 fuel pool collapse and there were those flashes we saw late August !

        • lam335.
          Have you seen a photo of the #4 spent fuel pool as of late, or last month ?

          If it fell it goes critical/re-critical off and on from the falling and interactions of it’s property’s or continuous !

        • OlympicLight OlympicLight

          You’re right Iam, radiation from last night’s fire wouldn’t have made it to us or gotten into the milk yet. What I meant was that events leading up to the fire (spikes in amount leaked) is probably swimming in cali’s (and more than likely all of the west coasts’) milk cartons. Oreos must be so miffed right now…

          On September 25th Japan saw a spike in radiation levels and thats what is hitting the west coast as we speak. There was another spike on Sept 21st which has likely found its way into milk/water already.

          Depending on each elements weight and velocity of the jet stream, it takes on average 2.5-6 days to get from Japan to Cali.

    • Anthony Anthony

      I think the cumulative affect is about to become a *bitch* to deal with. Radiation seems to even produce/reproduce daughter products and who knows what is happening when the already circulating isotopes remix & collide with new powerful emissions by the becquerel multimillion-fold? We ain’t seen nothing yet.

      • many moons

        exactly! it has a life of it’s own AND it’s creating new things to interact with as it interacts with new things.
        If this crap was from another plant we would all be fighting to stop it…BUT cause we made it ourselves and it turns a profit…lets back of and let it destroy us…..

    • Typhoon !

      September 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm · Reply
      My question is did something specific happen over in Japan last week to cause this latest increase, or is it just a cumulative effect?

  • Our spectro-readings showed no contamination, no unusual elements present.

    • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

      Mister Spock, let’s try to recalibrate the sensor to 528 Hertz dominant,
      and then integrate the active ping-laser (mid-IR)
      to a tunable array, with a separate feed for each subfreq. of
      the ten nano-spread….then,
      within the processing of the algorithmic products,
      we’ll vary the subjective variables especially the passive IR
      sensor array, play some math games, and see what we see…Aye Aye?

  • WindorSolarPlease

    At this rate, soon there will be more radiation than milk in the cartons.
    Wonder if they’ll charge more for that? (sarc)

  • OlympicLight OlympicLight

    “Sept 24: TOKYO – Japan is ordering more tests on rice growing near a crippled nuclear plant after finding elevated levels of radiation, government officials said Saturday.

    A sample of unharvested rice contained 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, they said. Radioactive cesium was spewed from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant after it was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11.”

    Since rice is mass produced, the effects will spread to many consumers. I’d advise to also avoid purchasing rice grown before September (at least) and March (preferable).

    I remember joking around with taco saying how we were enjoying pre-fukushima canned goods. Looks like we didn’t get the last laugh in…

  • OlympicLight OlympicLight

    typo: grown after, not before 🙂

  • Sickputer

    Being an oldtimer myself I remember another enormous government mistake…the Swine Flu fiasco of 1976.

    This hasty and deadly vaccine was spurred by fears from the as-yet undiagnosed Legionnarie’s Disease in Philadelphia that killed 34 people celebrating the Bicentennial at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel.

    Nixon’s appointed king Gerald Ford went to speak at the hotel in September to reassure folks the hotel was safe (he may have stayed overnight, but I can’t find reliable information that he and Betty slept there…but I would swear he did so). In any event the cause for the “disease” was bacterial toxin in the air coolers on the roof of the old hotel…some say the toxins migrated from the abandoned nuclear fallout shelter in the basement. This was finally confirmed the following January of 1977, but wheels were in motion for a classic asinine government action.

    The Congress fearing a hasty vaccine would jeopardize their best bribers, passed a Tort Claim act to give vaccine companies immunity from prosecution. There quickly followed a massive campaign to roll out the vaunted Swine Flu shot which was administered to 40 million Americans (but not Sickputer…oh no I may have been born at night, but not last night!).

    Killed 25 (according to the feds) and hundreds more were paralyzed. Some reports say 1600 were killed. So 10 weeks after it began the campaign was finito…halted due to the deaths.

    The campaign had been in high gear with Gerald Ford rolling up his sleeve to get jabbed with the deadly brew and risking toxic death for a second time in 3 months (besides the assorted Californian women with guns shooting at him). The head of the CDC was fired and Ford lost the 1976 election to the peanut farmer (an ex-submarine nuclear engineer named Jimmy Carter).

    So when I see Obama and his band of ignorant sycophants lying to us once again I know history repeats itself…the Peter Principle reigns once again and all is not well with the world.

    • NoVictimNoFraudNoCrime

      Hey- Sickky- that was an AWESOME post. Brought all of it back to me. Thanks.

      • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

        Yes, excellent, SP….
        Thank You.
        If you don’t have enough to read (grin!),
        I recommend Edward Hooper’s, “The River”…wow,
        He spent eleven years flying around the World writing it.
        His detective research seems to indicate that
        there was intentional
        lying about use of Chimp kidney growth medium,
        contaminated with whatever viruses, for development of
        vaccines used on millions of Africans
        Leonard G. Horowitz goes further, accusing such
        forces as Litton Biomedical, the WHO, Rockefellers, in
        creating deadly “vaccines”. They Intentionally made AIDS.
        And then disinformation Novelist Preston writes
        The HOT ZONE, which was informative and fun, but
        calculatedly bent in its presentation, ignoring LITTON,
        as Horowitz details in his books. Horowitz says Preston
        is an Intelligence Asset, and that’s why the Movies are Made.
        To Influence folks to believe the Corporate Lies.

  • oscar419

    What was the term so many experts used…”Cumulative effect”

  • Bobby1

    They are still reporting nonfindings of Iodine-132 and Tellurium-132, even though these isotopes faded away in April. Te-129, Te-129m, Te-127m have been continuing in significant amounts according to CTBTO and NISA. But they don’t measure these. And of course nobody measures Strontium-90 and Plutonium-239.

  • Sickputer

    Terra1 typed these pixels of light:

    “What happened to Taco?”

    SP: The real world intervenes. TG said he was wiped out from 18 hour days snx needed to get his own survival plan going. I certainly can understand the need to take a walkabout… Done it myself a few times.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Good morning Sickputer,
      isn’t Tacoma a she?
      Digital detox from time to time surely is a good thing. I hope Taco’s alright and feels better!!
      I also developed a “survival plan”: contemplating about the really important things in life, I decided to keep my business smaller, to work only 4 days a week for money and to volunteer the 5th day for the benefit of others.
      Makes me feel like a grown-up 🙂

  • Sorry I should have posted this yesterday


    Canadian site. Claims all milk tested below detectable concentration. Minimum Detectable Concentration is typically around 2 Bq/Kg. according to this site.

    First issue. Why Canuck citing different units? Does a litre of water weigh a kilogram? ( liter formerly defined as the volume of 1 kilogram of water) UCB is measuring Bq/Litre and seems a reading of .047 Bq per litre detectable and less of a value then Minimal Detectable quoted on Can gov site. “All products were below Health Canada action levels” claims web site but doesn’t disclose what that value is.

    Thanks to enenews and members for making me informed on this matter.

  • selfsovereign

    The zeolite which is found in europe will remove a portion of the strontium.
    The zeolite from wyoming will remove some of the cesium.
    Bamboo charcoal will capture a small amount of iodine.

    So, a simple pvc pipe with bamboo charcoal on the bottom, then the two zeolites, and another bamboo on top. Caps on each end with a hole big enough to pour (funnel) milk through.

    Or just get a giant (1/2 gal) coffe filter, throw all the filter goodies in and pour the milk through it a few times.

    Just doing what can be done to make those orio cookies happy, one dunk at a time.

    Also, the federal government already has a stockpile of prescription injectables that remove the bad ones from your bloodstream, plutonium,americium,radium,uranium. You can even ask your doctor to prescribe it. I’ve got the link but i really don’t care, precedent dictates they have no intention of letting people have it.

    Lastly, consider the invention secrecy act of 1951. The DOE, the justice department, the president and others, can/do PERMANENTLY ban new technologies in nation interests.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Here’s a new tip starting to circulate,….don’t know if it’s true,…but it stands to reason,…and I’m going to start it. I’ll be the Guinea Pig!

    Bone meal,….kind of like the homeopathy idea,….they say that ingesting a little bone meal helps re-build the bone’s density. Sort of the ‘block’ the uptake of strontium idea.

    I’ll research it more, but did want to mention it for others to comment. There’s a wealth of brilliance here.

    • theypoisonus

      Still Jill,
      Could it not be possible that using bone meal ( as I have for some yrs now) in orgnaic gardening would make it’s way to the food grown?

      PLZ, check on that possibility also?

      Gud to ‘see’ you. Bad to see the latest info coming out tho. Can things get much worse?

      Take care friend. 🙂

  • bluerthanblu bluerthanblu

    My SWAG: How about taking strontium by itself? Could you block radioactive strontium with a strontium supplement (vetted as non-rad)? Strontium can be used for osteoporosis to strengthen bone. It’s a slow process but it does work over time, though I don’t know what the direct effect is on bone, i.e., is it slowly absorbed into bone? Radioactive strontium might get absorbed first- who knows?

  • StillJill StillJill

    Strontium supplements are great,…at least they used to be. I now think our bodies have too much of it already, but I sure could be wrong, again. 🙂

    I took strontium two years ago when my cancer seemed to be spreading to my lower back bones and spine. It worked! Took me from osteoparosis, to the osteopenia stage, I think they called it. The strontium did improve my bone density scan. It also made my fingernails grow like a Geisha! 🙂

  • It is amazing that with these developments solar energy stocks are being traded down to zero in the last couple of months. A war is being waged. Can we do something?

    Can you imagine a future where all the existing political arguments no longer exist? In a future when people and businesses are relying on the sun for its energy the human population will no longer be arguing over resource access. Threats to sea life and plant life and human life from wars and from accessing hard to get fossil fuels resulting in environmental degradation will be a concern of the past. Our nation instead will turn to new urgent concerns such as health and education with plenty more financial resources from the dramatic savings in energy expenditures to pay for them. Relationships between countries and our fellow countrymen will transform dramatically more positive.
    Solar technology and other clean energy technology is here and ready for explosive growth. With the full backing of our political leaders we can quickly move forward towards a better existence. Please join me in petitioning our leaders in Washington to devote more investment spending in the area of clean energy. Thank you.


    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      I’m a big solar fan…its easy enough to work with the sun……
      But… now ,it is if the weather modification folks..see fit for us to have a clear day..
      HAARP…ooooooh…I said it.
      No compatico…

  • According to the data of Chernobyl,Cesium137 decreased from plants and buildings rapidly,but it didn’t decrease from the ground.