Monday, April 30, 2012

Blueberry Jam from Poland with 220 Bq/kg of Radioactive Cesium, 26 Years After Chernobyl

The food retailer Meiji-ya was about to import blueberry jam from Europe, but the sample test found radioactive cesium exceeding the new safety limit of 100 becquerels/kg. Blueberries were grown in Poland.

From Chunichi Shinbun (5/1/2012):


140 to 220 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was detected in the three jars of blueberry jam that food retailer Maiji-ya (Chuo-ku, Tokyo) was about to import from an Austrian distributor in April. The Ministry of Health and Welfare ordered the company to send back the shipment.


It was revealed by the import inspection, and the products are not sold in the market. This was the first time that imported food exceeded the new safety limit.


The blueberries were grown in Poland. Meiji-ya will return all 1,000 jars that it planned to import.


The safety limit for radioactive cesium for imported food was 370 becquerels/kg until the end of March, but starting April it is 100 becquerels/kg. Since the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident, there has been no imported food that was found with more than 370 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium.


Anonymous said...

Brilliant. Now Japanese people can look at this news and rest assured that their strict requirements on radioactive Cesium mean they're actually safer than Poland's been for the last 26 years...I mean, what other conclusions could you possibly draw from this?

Anonymous said...

Wish they were as gung-ho about testing food in Japan as they seem to be for imported foodstuffs!

Anonymous said...

I wonder how much cesium is in Italian pasta and other European imports.

Karen Sherry Brackett said...

Thank you for posting... I wonder now too?

Anonymous said...

well now the japanese can point the finger at foreign produce so this will be good PR for sticking with japanese food.... japan is a safety country, they will all say

Anonymous said...

>japan is a safety country, they will all say

Who are "they"? The government officials may say, but not people on the street as far as I can tell.

Anonymous said...

Depressing, but not surprising and a reality we have to accept. There are traces of this "clean technology" everywhere, not to mention seafood after the dumping of nuke waste in the 1970s.

Curious what will happen to those 1000 jars. "They won't be sold on the market"... at least not the Japanese market.

The food Bq limits in EU were established in absence of an accident and their aim is to not disrupt the single market unnecessarily (not protect the population, in case you thought so).

Darth3/11 said...

Does this imply, and I think it does, that bb jam with radiation at this level has been slipping into the Meiji-ya shelves for who knows how many years before this???

Anonymous said...

Huge parts of Europe got dusted from Chernobyl. People have been living with it for 26 years. If you ate something from Europe, you probably got a taste. There was a major problem in the first few weeks when people ate food with high iodine concentrations. Since then, what has really happened?

Anonymous said...

We don't know what really happened because nobody (with the needed resources) is interesting in knowing.

Some will argue "see, Europe didn't drop dead due to contamination" but effects might be subtle, long-termed and you have to make an effort to see them.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone think, maybe their are countries buying food from areas that may be contaminated by Chernobyl, at very low cost and selling it on as their product.

Are they exporting more than they could possibly grow?

Is their a country that will do the same for Japan?

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