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Milk safe, really ?

February 29, 2012

Cesium in milk found under limit



Major Japanese milk producers say their products have passed the government's safety standards for radioactive cesium.

The government decided to strengthen milk safety standards from April amid consumer concerns about the nuclear accident at the Fukushima power plant.

Under the new standards, milk will be allowed to contain only 50 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, or one quarter the current permissible level.

The Japan Dairy Industry Association on Wednesday announced the results of radiation screening tests held at 124 factories, mainly in eastern Japan.

The association said the amount of radioactive cesium in milk before shipping was below the lowest detectable amount -- 10 becquerels per kilogram -- at all of the factories.

The association says the tests confirmed that the milk is safe, and that it hopes children drink it without fear of radioactive contamination.

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