Thursday, April 21, 2011

Japan: Radioactive Iodine Found In Breast Milk

I haven't visited the topic of the Fukushima disaster in a while, but AMERICAblog provides me the latest:

The radiation contamination came to light after tests were conducted on breast milk samples taken from nine women living northeast or east of Tokyo.

Four of these women were found to be contaminated, with the highest reading of 36.3 becquerels of radioactive iodine per kg detected in the milk of the mother of an eight-month-old baby in Kashiwa, Chiba prefecture.

Sigh. This is worse than anyone initially expected. Those women face an awful dilemma: use formula (or breast milk) from other parts of Japan (formula is usually a bad idea), or feed their babies 36.3 becquerels of radioactive iodine per kg of their own breast milk. You know, nobody anywhere should ever have to face that choice.

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