Japanese Baby Formula Has Traces Of Radiation
Traces of radiation found in a baby formula in Japan have resulted in recall of about 400,000 cans of Meiji, a Tokyo-based company. The incident was detected almost nine months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was crippled following the devastating March 11 earthquake. It was a citizen’s group, which detected the radiation in a sample of baby formula manufactured by Meiji and since then has been pressing the company for further tests.
Tests, conducted to ascertain the safety of baby food in a country grappling with the aftermath of natural disaster, found cesium (a radioactive substance) in the powdered formula. However, the scientists conducting the tests have also said that the levels of cesium found in the formula are well below the government’s safety limits. The tests found Cesium 134 and Cesium 137 while the government’s permissible limit for the radioactive element is 200.
While Meiji officials tried to brush off the danger by saying that the formula could be fed to babies “without any effect on their health,” the parents are not buying this claim, especially since children are believed to be especially vulnerable to radiation exposure. It might be pertinent to mention here that exposure to this element can cause cancer and other illnesses.
Ever since the Fukushima Daiichi was heavily damaged in the March tsunami, radioactive particles have been found in everything from vegetables to the country’s staple food, rice.
As a means to compensate the harrowed public, Meiji has offered to replace its products with specific consumption dates, which are printed on the bottom of the cans. However, it will be a long time before the parents feel confident enough to pick up that can of baby formula.
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