Sunday, May 1, 2011

Detected traces of radiation in breast milk of seven Japanese women

Tokyo .- The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan has reported on Saturday that traces of radiation have been detected in breast milk samples collected at seven women in eastern and northwestern Japan. These traces of radiation, although minimal, have appeared in seven of the 23 different samples of women studied by the authorities.

In particular, they contained between 2.2 and 8 of iodine-131 becquerels per kilogram, well below the legal limit set at 100 becquerels for milk powder then reports the news agency Jiji Japan. Women 23 women whose breast milk has been tested live prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Chiba, Saitama and Tokyo.

Specifically, four of them live in Fukushima, where the nuclear power plant in Fukushima-1, the source of the worst since Chernobyl radiation leak. Of these, one gave 3.5 becquerels of iodine 131 and cesium-137 2.4 becquerels per kilo of milk. The authorities have insisted any case in which these levels of radiation pose no risk to the health of infants.

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