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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Japan : Small amounts of radioactive substances found in breast milk of 7 women

Article from Japan Today :

" TOKYO : Minute amounts of radioactive substances have been found in the breast milk of five women in Tokyo and two other prefectures more than a month after a crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture began leaking such materials, a citizen’s group survey showed Wednesday.

Of samples taken from 41 women in five prefectures, radioactive iodine was detected in the breast milk of a woman in Fukushima Prefecture, and cesium in four others in Tokyo, Fukushima and Ibaraki. Japan has not set safety levels for radioactive substances in breast milk, but the readings in all five cases were well below the yardstick for tap water consumption by infants under 1 year old.

Members of the group, which had conducted a similar survey in April out of concerns about the impact of the radioactive leaks on mothers and babies, urged local governments to provide testing as many worried mothers have approached them for consultation."

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