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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