Radioactive Oatmeal from Fukushima

Via Food Quality news:

Are we about the enter the era of carrying a radiation detector to scan all food before consuming? Damn!

Radiation has been detected in commercial oatmeal in Hong Kong. Despite assurances about “low levels” of radiation, there isn’t truly ANY safe amount of radiation. This is a reasonable concern with extremely hot particles like Cesium-137, which is the culprit in this case.

Even at the miniscule level of 7 Becquerel per kg, I can’t help but wonder about the lifetime bio-accumulation of these particles in the body if they became common in many food products.  There is a lot of conflicting information from all sides of all issues on the radiation legacy of Fukushima … because nobody truly knows the long-term effects.

No recall has been issued by the Hong Kong Center for Food Safety(CFS).

Read more at Food Quality news.


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7 Comments on "Radioactive Oatmeal from Fukushima"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Aug 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm |

    Whatever else it might do to yer insides, it’d certainly give you the super ability to dump flourescent stools.

    But more seriously, did y’all see this from the BBC about the power plant operators fraudulently lowering radiation estimates by deploying lead shields around detectors?

  2. The Baffler | Aug 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm |

    Gaining Oatmeal based superpowers by devouring radioactive Oats, The Baffler takes to the streets to exact a bloody revenge for his mother canceling his WoW account!

    Can Batman stop this latest nefarious ne’er do well?! 

  3. Jin The Ninja | Aug 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm |

    i’ve taken an american stance on the subject. and will proceed to eat my mochi with caution to the wind.

  4. Seeker_o | Aug 5, 2012 at 2:26 am |

    “there isn’t truly ANY safe amount of radiation.” thats clearly not true. people live all there lives in light (light is electromagnetic radiation) there are safe levels of radiation, but there might not be safe amaounts of radiactive particles in food products.

    •  that’s like saying it isn’t true bacause we get HEAT radiation from the sun or radiators! The article is refering to IONIZING radiation.

  5. If the oatmeal or the package was contaminated with radioactive fallout from Fukushima, then of course it’s going to be radioactive. There’s radioactive stuff on it.
    If the prepackaged oatmeal was exposed to radiation only, then it’s not going to be radioactive. You can’t make food radioactive just by exposing it to radiation. Sorry, but it just doesn’t happen.

  6. There are people living in areas with quite high levels of background radiation, so there is no doubt that there is a safe level. We just don’t know where that is.

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