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Slight Radioactivity Found in Japanese Tea Shipped to Hong Kong

Food safety authorities in Hong Kong found trace amounts of radioactive cesium 137 in powdered tea imported from Japan last week, according to The New York Times. The sample tested at nearly one percent of the legal limit for radiation and was not considered a public health threat. Regardless, the importer voluntarily recalled the product…. Continue Reading

New Radiation Detector for Food Uses Space Technology

A collaboration between two companies has developed a device for detecting radiation-contamination food. After an earthquake and tsunami damaged Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011 and caused a significant leak of radioactive material, RIKEN Global Research Cluster and G-Tech began researching methods for detecting radioactive cesium in food. Nearby farmers have struggled with consumer fears… Continue Reading

Fukushima Rice Finally Passes Radiation Checks

A local farming official in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, said Monday that rice grown in the area of the 2011 nuclear disaster has passed that country’s radiation checks. Small amounts of the region’s approximately 360,000-ton rice harvest did not pass in 2012 or 2013 and had to be destroyed. Tsuneaki Oonami said that nearly the entire… Continue Reading

Study: E. Coli Bacteria Can Build Resistance Quickly, Even To Ionizing Radiation

Totally on their own, E. coli bacteria have shown that they can evolve to a point where they are resistant to antibiotic drugs. Now some of the nation’s top scientists are showing how E. coli bacteria can resist ionizing radiation. They are taking advantage of the bacteria’s built-in ability to evolve when they encounter hostilities… Continue Reading

Woods Hole Scientist: Fukushima Leak Not Affecting U.S. Seafood

Despite the recent admission from the Japanese government that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been leaking radioactive water since it was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, U.S. seafood has not been affected, according to Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Buesseler has published an FAQ section… Continue Reading

Cesium Traces Found in Japanese Baby Milk Powder

Except for some spinach, turnips and white radishes with high radiation levels caught early on by Hong Kong, “hot” food has not entered the market since last March’s earthquake and tsunami damaged a nuclear plant in Japan. But recently trace amounts of cesium-137 and cesium-134 were found in batches of “Meiji Step” baby milk powder,… Continue Reading

Beef with Radioactive Cesium Turns Up in Japan

The Japanese government tried to explain Wednesday how beef containing trace levels of radioactive cesium ended up reaching stores or consumers in several prefectures, and promised to step up inspections to prevent another such incident. News reports said cows raised at a farm near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant likely had eaten rice… Continue Reading

World Food Supplies Monitored for Radioactivity

Governments are stepping up scrutiny of domestic food and water supplies as radioactive material spreads from the country’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it was increasing its nationwide monitoring of milk, precipitation, drinking water and other potential sources of nuclear exposure. So far, a sample of milk… Continue Reading