Will You Drink Fukushima Milk?

Photo: FiveRings (CC)

Photo: FiveRings (CC)

How do you feel about drinking milk with trace radiation from Fukushima’s nuclear disaster, even if our government assures us there’s no health hazard? From US News:

In an update to its ongoing radiation monitoring following the Fukushima Daiichi reactor crisis in Japan, U.S. government officials announced late Wednesday that milk sampled March 25 in Washington state contained low levels of radiation not likely to cause harm to humans.

In a statement released jointly by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, the two agencies said that their screening of milk from Spokane, Wash., showed levels of iodine-131 that were “more than 5,000 times lower than the Derived Intervention Level” set by the FDA.

The level of iodine-131 found in the Spokane milk is “far below levels of public health concern, including for infants and children,” the FDA and the EPA both said. The agencies also noted that iodine-131 has a short half-life of just eight days, so even this low level is expected to dissipate quickly.

Patricia Hansen, an FDA senior scientist, said in the statement that, “radiation is all around us in our daily lives, and these findings are a miniscule amount compared to what people experience every day. For example, a person would be exposed to low levels of radiation on a round trip cross country flight, watching television, and even from construction materials.”…

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  • Rex Vestri

    FUKushima NO I wouldn’t drink it.

  • Rex Vestri

    FUKushima NO I wouldn’t drink it.

  • Thørstein Daarkmetäl

    Depends. What sort of superpowers would I be likely to get? “Radiation Sickness Man”? “Hair-Falling-Out-In-Unsightly-Clumps” Man? Abnormally High Rate of Cancer Man?

    And who would my sidekick be? “Mother of Tragically Deformed Child” Girl?

  • Thørstein Daarkmetäl

    Depends. What sort of superpowers would I be likely to get? “Radiation Sickness Man”? “Hair-Falling-Out-In-Unsightly-Clumps” Man? Abnormally High Rate of Cancer Man?

    And who would my sidekick be? “Mother of Tragically Deformed Child” Girl?

  • GoodDoktorBad

    Radioactive teats are soooo sexy…..

  • Anonymous

    Radioactive teats are soooo sexy…..

  • Mamagriff50

    The governments constantly lie to us and then say oops later if at all. All that matters right now to them is Japans economy…….Let the governments drink it, I won’t.

  • Mamagriff50

    The governments constantly lie to us and then say oops later if at all. All that matters right now to them is Japans economy…….Let the governments drink it, I won’t.

  • Voidthought

    If anyone is actually drinking this because someone else said it is ok… I hope those people die.
    “Go back to bed, America. Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control again. Here. Here’s American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up. Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!” – Bill Hicks -

  • Voidthought

    If anyone is actually drinking this because someone else said it is ok… I hope those people die.
    “Go back to bed, America. Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control again. Here. Here’s American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up. Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!” – Bill Hicks -

  • mrtastycakes

    Funny story: When my mom worked for the USDA, she had to inspect the plant that produced M&Ms. There was a one-story vat of M&Ms that had to be rejected because it was inexplicably highly radioactive. The moral of the story is that you never know what food item is dangerous and that the government does a pretty thorough job (why did they even test candy for radiation?!). I will not be drinking this milk. Not because I don’t understand dosimetry (I do), but because there are plenty of hard working American cows that need milked.

  • mrtastycakes

    Funny story: When my mom worked for the USDA, she had to inspect the plant that produced M&Ms. There was a one-story vat of M&Ms that had to be rejected because it was inexplicably highly radioactive. The moral of the story is that you never know what food item is dangerous and that the government does a pretty thorough job (why did they even test candy for radiation?!). I will not be drinking this milk. Not because I don’t understand dosimetry (I do), but because there are plenty of hard working American cows that need milked.

  • Apathy

    I would have no problem drinking it as long as radiation levels were within reason (not considered a significant amount to cause immediate problems). Humans are constantly consuming carcinogens, and the idea that this article is somehow a government conspiracy to boost Japan’s economy is delusional and moronic at best.

  • Apathy

    I would have no problem drinking it as long as radiation levels were within reason (not considered a significant amount to cause immediate problems). Humans are constantly consuming carcinogens, and the idea that this article is somehow a government conspiracy to boost Japan’s economy is delusional and moronic at best.

  • 5by5

    The wild boar in Germany are still irradiated from the Chernobyl disaster.

    Hell no I wouldn’t drink the milk in Fukushima.

    I was in Germany when Chernobyl happened, and I can still remember drinking powdered milk, and being told not to play on the grass for a week by the military. And they refer to nuclear radiation in the warm and fuzzy euphemism of “sunshine units” to soften the blow.

  • 5by5

    The wild boar in Germany are still irradiated from the Chernobyl disaster.

    Hell no I wouldn’t drink the milk in Fukushima.

    I was in Germany when Chernobyl happened, and I can still remember drinking powdered milk, and being told not to play on the grass for a week by the military. And they refer to nuclear radiation in the warm and fuzzy euphemism of “sunshine units” to soften the blow.

  • 5by5

    The wild boar in Germany are still irradiated from the Chernobyl disaster.

    Hell no I wouldn’t drink the milk in Fukushima.

    I was in Germany when Chernobyl happened, and I can still remember drinking powdered milk, and being told not to play on the grass for a week by the military. And they refer to nuclear radiation in the warm and fuzzy euphemism of “sunshine units” to soften the blow.

  • Anon

    Why the fuck would you drink milk from japan? Do they even import milk? Drink milk from your state numbnutz.

  • Anon

    Why the fuck would you drink milk from japan? Do they even import milk? Drink milk from your state numbnutz.