Video: Over 60 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium in dried plums OUTSIDE Fukushima Prefecture

Published: May 31st, 2013 at 2:07 pm ET


Published by: guardianofmiyagi
Date: May 29, 2013

60 Bq/Kg of Radioactive Cesium NOW ON SALE in Miyagi ( Store, COOP Miyagi ) Contamination Level of UMEBOSHI [Japanese salt plums] from Kakuda City, Miyagi

  • Cs-134: 21.95 Bq/kg
  • Cs-137: 38.17 Bq/kg

Watch the video here

Published: May 31st, 2013 at 2:07 pm ET


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47 comments to Video: Over 60 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium in dried plums OUTSIDE Fukushima Prefecture

  • cbuchner1

    60 Bq/kg isn't really a lot.

    • Lion76 Lion76

      The large quantities of cesium-137 produced during fission events pose a persistent hazard. Its half-life of about 30 years is long enough that objects and regions contaminated by cesium-137 remain dangerous to humans for a generation or more, but it is short enough to ensure that even relatively small quantities of cesium-137 release dangerous doses of radiation (its specific radioactivity is 3.2 × 1012 Bq/g). [2-4]

      Along with its intermediate half-life, a combination of high-energy radioactivity and chemical reactivity makes cesium-137 a particularly dangerous fission product. Cesium-137 undergoes high-energy beta decay, primarily to an excited nuclear isomer of Barium 137, which in turn undergoes gamma decay with a half-life of about 150 seconds. [4] The energies of both the beta decay of cesium-137 and the subsequent gamma decay of the excited barium 137 are 512 keV and 662 keV, respectively. [4] In addition, cesium is much more chemically reactive than many of the transition metal fission products. As a group 1 alkaline metal, elemental cesium is quite electropositive, and is readily oxidized by water, forming highly soluble Cs+. [5] For this reason, elemental cesium-137 may contaminate large volumes of water during nuclear accidents, which are difficult to contain or process. [6]

      • That all sounds good, but what about bio accumulation?

        Every step up the food chain, the radiation amount concentrates and increases further.

        Low Level Nuclear Radiation In Food And Water

        Plutonium And Cesium Bio-Concentrates 26,000 Times In Ocean Algae, Up To 5,570,000 Bq/Kg in Land Algae; via @AGreenRoad

        Bottom line, what the authorities may claim is 'safe' for adults, may be deadly for children or a fetus, which is 2,000 times more sensitive to the same dose.

        The key question is; how much radiation is bioaccumulating from what is taken in? Is that amount going to exceed 40 Bq/kg? If yes, it means lesions in the organs and glands and heart issues as well, resulting in death eventually.

        50 Bq/kg seems to be the threshold for children for obvious toxic and deadly body signs to appear, according to Russian researcher who was jailed for going public with this information..

    • Jay

      … it takes only one cancerous cell to start a tumor … let's stop playing with numbers , let's concentrate on how to minimize them .

  • cbuchner1


    Natural levels of radioactivity:

    40-60 Bq/l in Milk
    30-140 Bq/kg in pork
    Veggies and fruit 30-150

    of course those numbers are very location specific. Figures cited are for Bavaria, germany.

    Thresholds (i.e. not safe to circulate or consume) in the EU: 370 Bq/kg in milk and baby products, 600 Bq/kg in anything elsse.

    • cbuchner1

      So send me those plums, if you don't want them. I'll make some pie.

      • Lion76 Lion76

        Here we go again with the whole "natural" nonsense.

        I hope you eat thousands of those plums. I'm sure japan will export them to your house, since you are so eager to eat them.

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      What were the thresholds before 3/11, before the EU raised all their acceptable limits?

      We know what Japan and the US did.

    • Who is making up these 'safe' numbers? The nuclear industry?

      How can a child or fetus take in over 50 Bq/kg of radiation and be 'safe', when all of the research done indicates the exact opposite?

  • cbuchner1

    What I am trying to point out here is that this web site occasionally exaggerates the alarmist tone.

    There are definitely bigger radiation-induced food safety issues in Japan than 60 Bq/kg in plums. And mind you these plums already had their water content removed, so that would have concentrated the radiation from some much lower levels originally present in the fresh fruit.

    • Lion76 Lion76

      there you go, some more "radiation food issues" for you to sort through and make recipes over.

    • ENENews

      You may want to try researching the difference between 'natural' radioactive isotopes and radioactive cesium. Have a good day.

      • cbuchner1

        Thanks, I live in the extended fallout zone of Tschernobyl. Bavaria was one of the areass in Germany that was hit the most. So I consider myself educated.

        • Lion76 Lion76

          Abstract: In many European countries levels of I-131, Cs-134/137, Sr-90, and other radionuclides in milk, dairy products, vegetables, grains, meat, and fish increased drastically (sometimes as much as 1,000x) immediately after the catastrophe. Up until 1991 the United States imported food products with measurable amounts of Chernobyl radioactive contamination, mostly from Turkey, Italy, Austria, West Germany, Greece, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Sweden, and Denmark. These products included juices, cheeses, pasta, mushrooms, hazelnuts, sage, figs, tea, thyme, juniper, caraway seeds, and apricots. In Gomel, Mogilev, and Brest provinces in Belarus 7-8% of milk and 13-16% of other food products from small farms exceeded permissible levels of Cs-137, even as recently as 2005-2007. As of 2000, up to 90% of the wild berries and mushrooms exceeded permissible levels of Cs-137 in Ukraine. From 1995 to 2007, up to 90% of the children from heavily contaminated territories of Belarus had levels of Cs-137 accumulation higher than 15-20 Bq/kg,[…] Average levels of incorporated Cs-137 and Sr-90 in the heavily contaminated territories of Belarus, Ukraine, and European Russia did not decline, but rather increased from 1991 to 2005. Given that more than 90% of the current radiation fallout is due to Cs-137, we know that the contaminated areas will be dangerously radioactive for roughly the next three centuries.

          • We Not They Finally

            Lion76, thanks for pointing out a larger picture. Also, we don't eat just one food!! It's additive and cumulative. NEVER taken into account with these spot samples.

        • cbuchner1

          Cesium isotopes were/are the major concerns here, and mushroom and wild game from our forests are very much contamined beyond safe limits. Although the soil layer with all that cesium is now buried several centimeters deep, the mushrooms pull that stuff out from the ground and concentrate it in their fruit. Yummy, all that nasty stuff goes right up the food chain.

        • Proton

          So living in Chernobyl fallout zone, eating those Fuku plums won't really matter a whole lot to you…

        • Lion76 Lion76

          The results mean that 25 years after the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, dangerous levels of radioactivity are still making their way into the food system. Etter said that what surprised him most was that the declared cesium values were three times lower than what was actually found in his lab’s tests, and that Ukraine had cleared the shipment for export. “It makes you wonder if those declarations are worth anything at all,” he said.
          After learning of the results, Zurich authorities destroyed the 10-ton Ukrainian mushroom shipment. The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health is now working with its counterparts in Ukraine to ensure that there are no further problems of the sort.
          Read the full story in German by Patrick Kühnis

          • Time Is Short Time Is Short

            "Etter said that what surprised him most was that the declared cesium values were three times lower than what was actually found in his lab’s tests, and that Ukraine had cleared the shipment for export. “It makes you wonder if those declarations are worth anything at all,” he said."

            Would you buy a Ukrainian car? Washing machine? Pharmaceutical drugs? Vitamins?

            No safer than anything from China.

            • mairs mairs

              Notice on sticker attached to metal garden tool at big box store: "Wash hands after use. Item may contain lead. Made in China."

    • I think that is an effect of the effort to document, in as many ways possible, that radiation contamination is building up in the environment.

    • We Not They Finally

      cbuchner1, this is the thing: There are obviously lots of Japanese foods (already tested and reported on) WAY worse contaminated than this and we don't even know the accuracy of this reading. A controlled media can say ANYTHING THEY WANT TO. But just think if when it was released last summer that 60% of the childhood population around Fukushima already had DIABETES (radiation does a lot of bad things), how likely it was that that was "exaggerated" or simply "alarmist." Not likely at all, as that is the kind of news that they would want to SUPPRESS. So instead of wondering how "alarmist" ENE News is, perhaps go clamor for complete testing on ALL foods. I imagine you would be in for a hell of a shock!

    • mairs mairs

      I'd have to ask, so what if the water is removed? Is the issue what radioactivity was in the plums in their natural state, or when they are consumed?

      • cbuchner1

        The water of dried plums has already evaporated, leading to a concentration of the radioactivity per unit of weight. So the fresh fruit would have carried radioactive cesium isotopes in the order of 10-20 Bq/kg.

    • Trawling4Trolls

      It is not exagerrations, buchner, it is the acknowledgement that reduction of the threat to mundanity is to be resisted as that reduction is aggression.

      Enjoy your plums. Eat some with Paul Blustein and your new opiate of the masses, nuclear food contamination. Eat "religion", gotten.

  • Lion76 Lion76

    In 2002, sixteen years (about one half of a cesium 137 half life) after the Chernobyl disaster, a 4,000 km2 area still contained too much cesium-137 to be inhabited or used for agricultural purposes.

    A much smaller nuclear accident involving cesium-137 occurred in Goiânia, Brazil, in 1987. A thorough account of the entire affair was published by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 1988. [8] The accident was initiated when two men who were looking for old equipment to sell for scrap broke in to an abandoned medical clinic. There, they found a radiation therapy device left behind when the clinic closed. Upon ripping apart the device, the men discovered about 30 g of 137CsCl. After several people involved with the looting of the device and the release of the 137CsCl fell morbidly ill with radiation sickness, Brazilian authorities declared a local state of emergency, and within days, the vast majority of the cesium-137 had been contained. In contrast to the large disaster at Chernobyl, only a few people were killed or sickened by cesium-137 in Goiânia. Without the prompt and well-executed response of the Brazilian government, this incident could have harmed many more people. The Goiânia incident shows that failure to properly account for seemingly small quantities of cesium-137 can be deadly.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Newest from BBC…there will be NO rise in cancer from Fukushima.

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

    Odorless, colourless, motionless, timeless – killing me softly ready, steady, go

    The theory is this – surface 2 trees, plums , plumes whatsoever a day won’t show how much is deteriorating right now, yes, right I mean right now

    2 furly rodents a day
    2 natural glows a day
    2 radiation flashes a say
    2 cm of melts a day
    1300000000000000000 injections
    2 emitions
    2 MSM’s a day
    2 solutions a day
    2 million imf a say
    2 evacuees a day
    2 meals a day
    2 natural deaths a say
    2 times the …….. limit per day

    0 firma a day
    Off scale
    Silence please

  • haizedustrium-1234 haizedustrium-1234

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear contaminates the earth. And all for nothing.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks


    Concentrate on the red line and then guess how Japan is fairing these days and how they will fair in the very near future. This technology is only 60 years old and it precedes the "red line".

    There will be no future for the Japanese people and now its just a waiting game at best to see who dies before the rest.

    Someone still thinks the US broke away from England…not hardly. Who was the first country that got the plans for this nuclear technology? Who was it created for? Gee me thinks it must have been the the Queen?

    If you do not have cancer yet, trust me, its right around the corner waiting for you to arrive.

    What is any Nuclear Disaster and its ramifications?

    Your being exterminated slowly and some might call this behavior progress, while others might call this behavior practiced eugenics.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      obewan, I think your assertions have validity. Especially have to wonder about behavior practiced eugenics. All you have to do is to look at guys like David Rockefeller or Henry Kissinger to understand what it might look like in practice.

  • Sol Man

    With the radionuclides, gmo, pesticides, herbicides, tainted drugs, voc's, and such, the incrementalism will get everybody.
    TPTB excel in unsound thinking while we all wait for our cancers.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The operating Zeitgeist is very large and growing bigger everyday.

    Very little being shared by any of our controllers is the truth in context and the current conspired and created information control mechanisms are paramount in order to keep the world at large unaware of these truths purposefully being hidden.

    If there exists such a thing as evil… then this earth is currently being draped in its glory.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Well said..obewan..TPTB have chosen.. quiet it is in the MSM.
    The Nuclear cabal would rather print nothing at all now..knowing the opposition has response.
    Look at the news in general…it's almost sanitized. all their 'glory' they are short-sighted and small.
    Truth will prevail.
    Even if self-evident in horror..because in the psychopathy of our controllers… they forgot to include themselves as victims.

  • nuknomore nuknomore

    I was stunned to hear that Japan refused shipment of GMO wheat from America..
    Is it a pretense ? A front?
    It seems that GMO wheat is preferable to radioactive food they are eating now~!.