Japanese prime minister has to have baby formula in front of camera.
They measured 30.8 Bq/kg of cesium from baby formula called Meiji step 850g.
Meiji, one of the major Japanese milk product companies, is going to change 400,000 products for free though it’s under the “safety limit” of 200 Bq/kg.
The contaminated lots are labelled the best-before period like below..
6/10/2012: 3, 4, 5
24/10/2012: 21, 22, 23
Because the sensitiveness of babies are 100 times higher than adult for radiation.
30.8 Bq/Kg is actually bioequivalent 3,080 Bq/kg for babies.
There are 4 important points of this news.
1) It became news.
Having 4 nuclear plants exploded, at least 3 of them are having melt-through – possibly into the earth under the reactor buildings now. Nothing has been improved since 311 and there is no way to stop contamination.
It’s very rational to think all kinds of food have been already contaminated more or less. Radiation is not sweet enough to avoid baby formula.
Though it is this obvious, most of Japanese people were surprised. They still have not noticed the entire risk of the Fukushima accident.
2) It was reported by a citizen’s independent lab.
11/29/2011, NPO Team Nihonmatsu measured cesium from Meiji baby formula. Having the result, a journalist from Kyodo news forced Meiji to take some action. Company has no intention to sell safe food.
The powdered skim milk was made in Oceania area such as Australia. A part of it was made in Hokkaido, but they were made before 311 anyway.
From 3/14~3/20, they processed it in Kasukabe Saitama. The process is to dry the powder by taking air from outside of the factory. It is likely that baby formula was contaminated in this process.
If not, they lie about the origin of the powdered skim milk.
4) Japanese government tells lie only for Japanese.
On the NHK news ,it states “厚生労働省は「原因は分からないが、暫定基準値を大幅に下回る数値なので健康に影響はないと考えている。” <Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare,”We don’t know what caused this ,but because it is still much lower than the safety limit ,it is not the harmful level of contamination.>
On the other hand ,NHK English does not mention “safety limit”. It does not even say it is not harmful.
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Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.