How does radiation get into food and water?
March 24th, 2011
08:30 AM ET
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Officials in Japan's capital Wednesday advised parents not to give city tap water to infants after tests showed it had elevated levels of radioactive iodine – a problem attributed to a nuclear plant damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Radiation exceeding legal limits also has been found in 11 types of vegetables and milk in prefectures surrounding the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, prompting some prefectures to stop shipping these products. The United States is preventing the import of milk, milk products, fresh vegetables and fruit from four Japanese prefectures, though certain products could be allowed in if tests show them to be safe, a Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman said.

See brief explanations of how the radiation can get into food and water and how dangerous the food/water contamination in this instance might be.

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Filed under: Disaster • Environment • Health News • Japan • News • Radiation • Tainted Food


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  2. DSW

    Just like the estrogen that is making its way into American drinking water from the use of birth control pills that is expelled during urination, radiation toxins taken in by the body through exposure will leave through the same method, urination. Water purification systems cannot as yet remove these dangerous hormones/by pass chemicals. [For Americans, there are a number of adverse affects from this including estrogenic poisoning and its affect on weight gain.) In Japan, if water is purified and recycled for drinking and agriculture, it is likely that the radiation infection is just still in the water and not removed by purification. The only way to help with this is to pump fresh water only, but the cost and availability of this remedy means that Japan is in a difficult position to solve this sad byproduct problem. Let's wish the Japanese people well. Pray for their health, this will help. Just do it.

    March 25, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants

      Perhaps if we all gave each other golden showers the hormones would offset each other?

      March 25, 2011 at 10:12 am |
      • RichardHead

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        March 25, 2011 at 10:17 am |
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