While Tepco, the owner of Fukushima nuclear plant, claims radioactive materials that scattered and fell from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant belong to individual landowners there, local residents are ingesting radioactive food. But wait, new study suggests they are not in danger.
Fukushima people eating more cesium but not in danger, says study
The median daily intake of radioactive cesium from meals eaten by families in Fukushima Prefecture is more than 11 times the level in the Kanto region near Tokyo but still well within safety standards, according to a study.
The median intake from three daily meals in Fukushima Prefecture, home to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, was 4.01 becquerels compared with 0.35 becquerel in the Kanto region around Tokyo, according to the joint study by The Asahi Shimbun and Kyoto University’s Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.
In western Japan, well away from the nuclear disaster, the level of radioactivity was mostly below the detection limit.
But researchers pointed out that the higher intake by Fukushima residents would still mean that annual internal radiation exposure was about 40 times lower than a new, stricter annual maximum to be introduced by the government in April. (Asahi)
The court rejected Tepco’s notion that its cancer-causing pollution is owned by the areas it contaminated.
Meanwhile, babies in Japan may be in for a life of debilitation and disease because radioactive cesium-137 and cesium-134 was recently found in infant milk powder. A December 6 announcement by the Meiji Holdings Company, Inc. said it was recalling 400,000 cans of its “Meiji Step,” powdered milk for babies older than nine months. The powder was packaged in April – at the height of Fukushima’s largest radiation releases – distributed mostly in May and has an October 2012 expiration date.
It is well known that fetuses, infants, children and women are harmed by doses of radiation below officially allowed exposures. Most exposure standards have been established in view of radiation’s projected effect on “Reference Man,” a hypothetical 20 to 30-year-old white male, rather than women and children, the most vulnerable.
Even tiny amounts of internal radioactive contamination can damage DNA, cause cancer and weaken the immune system. Fukushima’s meltdowns dispersed radioactive contamination found in vegetables, milk, seafood, water, grain, animal feed and beef. Green tea grown 250 miles from Fukushima was found contaminated. Rice harvested this fall from 154 farms in Fukushima Prefecture was found in November to be poisoned with cesium 25 percent above the allowable limit. Shipments of rice from those farms were banned, but not before many tons had been sold. (Truth-Out)
Symptoms of radiation sickness
Early signs of radiation illness include headache, nausea, vomiting and fever. Additional symptoms may appear later, including weakness, dizziness, mental confusion, hair loss, skin lesions, bloody vomit and stools, low blood pressure, wounds that are slow to heal, bone marrow deterioration, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular shut down, and cancerous tumors. Many of these symptoms also appear in animals, as evidenced by the seals in Alaska.
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