Startling new find! – Boars “radioactive” in the woods of Valsesia NE Italy More than 600 Bq/Kg
ALARM – “We need to immediately extend the analysis to other wild animals as soon as possible and make clear the sources of contamination,” said Coldiretti. “The boars are animals sentinel pollution conditions in the areas where they live, because they provide precise information thanks to a certain way of exploiting the environment,”
h/t orsobubu from enenews
Traces of cesium-137 found in samples of animals killed during the hunting season 2012/2013
The discovery does not make you happy hunters and lovers of game. Traces of cesium-137, a radioactive isotope released from the nuclear accident in 1986 by the Chernobyl plant, have been found in dozens of wild boars forests of the Sesia Valley, in the province of Vercelli.
We analyzed samples of tongue and diaphragm of animals slaughtered during the hunting season 2012/2013: 27 samples of the level of Cesium 137 is higher than the threshold specified by Regulation 733 of 2008 as the tolerable limit in the event of a nuclear accident.
(600 Bq/kg, although codex allows for 1250 bq/Kg as an average but will allow higher one off finds. The article has shied away from making an actual measurement, this is standard IAEA policy of non information,, So, where does THIS cesium 137 come from? It could be from one of the medical reactors or a culmination of all the most likely sources as cesium 137 lasts for 300 years. Are the cesium 137 levels increasing quicker than the decay rate? If so the implications are staggering! especially as the UK has stopped testing Sheep from the highlands of Scotland and Wales for radioactive contamination – Arclight2011)
According to the deputy of the Piedmont Region Roberto Ravello alarmism should be avoided because the health risks would be “contained and controlled.”
HYPOTHESIS – ‘The artificial radionuclide cesium-137 is produced by nuclear fission. Is released from nuclear sites, “says Elena Fantuzzi, head of the Institute of Radiation Protection Enea. The hypothesis most immediate are those that may have been issued after the accident in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986.
But we must also consider the nuclear sites in the area, including the central Trino Vercellese dismantled in 1987 and the experimental site Enea, in Saluggia. Is not excluded even the trail of toxic waste.
According Fantuzzi, you should also consider the metabolism of boars, whether has features that promote the accumulation of cesium-137 above the limits considered safe. “It can not be anything but the fallout of the Chernobyl plant emissions,” adds Gian Piero Godio, Legambiente Piedmont and Val d’Aosta, an expert on nuclear issues. “Other explanations could be: the district of Valsesia has no radioactive source.”
NAS AND NOE – Health Minister Renato Balduzzi alerted the police of Nas and Noe: together with the Directorate General for hygiene and food safety and nutrition of the Ministry will coordinate all investigations. The first coordination meeting is scheduled on March 8.
ALARM – “We need to immediately extend the analysis to other wild animals as soon as possible and make clear the sources of contamination,” said Coldiretti.
“The boars are animals sentinel pollution conditions in the areas where they live, because they provide precise information thanks to a certain way of exploiting the environment,” adds Aldo Grasselli national secretary of the Union of Italian public veterinary medicine (Sivemp).
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And this from last year
Testing Food For Fukushima Radiation, Swiss Find Chernobyl Contamination Instead
ht vital1 from enenews
Published on 2012-05-28 10:20:46
Mushroom lovers beware. Health authorities in Zurich recently destroyed 10 tons of Ukrainian mushrooms after determining that the wild fungi contained unacceptable levels of radiation.
ZURICH – A food-testing lab in Zurich, Switzerland is sounding the alarm after discovering that a batch of mushrooms shipped from Ukraine contained too much radioactive cesium-137. Ukraine had cleared the mushrooms for export.
The laboratory had been on its toes last year because of the reactor catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan. It ran dozens of tests on various foods from Japan and came up with no radiation-contaminated items. Chemist Rolf Etter was all the more surprised, therefore, to find radiation in food of another provenance – Ukraine – especially since his team stumbled upon the findings by pure chance. Yet in two of the 14 tests conducted on frozen wild Ukrainian mushrooms, tolerance levels of cesium-137 were well over the acceptable mark. The mushrooms had all been imported by the same company.
The results mean that 25 years after the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, dangerous levels of radioactivity are still making their way into the food system. Etter said that what surprised him most was that the declared cesium values were three times lower than what was actually found in his lab’s tests, and that Ukraine had cleared the shipment for export. “It makes you wonder if those declarations are worth anything at all,” he said.
After learning of the results, Zurich authorities destroyed the 10-ton Ukrainian mushroom shipment. The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health is now working with its counterparts in Ukraine to ensure that there are no further problems of the sort.
Read the full story in German by Patrick Kühnis
Photo – Timm Suess
*This is a digest story, not a direct translation
And where do these horses graze?
Title: Radioactivity cesium 137 cesium 134 feces horses fattening calves period june october 1986
Description: The paper deals with data on radioactivity levels of Cs-137 and Cs-134 in feces of horses and fattening calves, as a particularly relevant indicator of radionuclides metabolism in biological systems. The result indicated much higher degree of equine feces contamination in relation to the feces of fattening calves.
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