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Wild mushrooms in Finland still containing high radioactive cesium from Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986

Watchdog: Wild mushrooms OK to eat despite lingering Chernobyl radiation, YLE, 16 Jan 19, More than 30 years on, radiation from the Chernobyl disaster remains present in Finnish wild foods.

The Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (Stuk) says that fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear accident can still be detected in Finnish foods, but that it accounts for less than one percent of the average annual radiation dose for people in Finland.

The city of Helsinki’s urban environment division said on Monday that two samples of funnel chanterelle (or yellow leg) mushrooms it tested contained levels of radioactive caesium that exceeded the recommended maximum.

According to EU guidelines, food products offered for sale should not contain more than 600 becquerels per kilo (Bq/kg) of caesium-137. Mushrooms picked in Pälkäne in Pirkanmaa, south-central Finland had a reading of nearly 1,000 Bq/kg. Meanwhile those picked in Hyvinkää, some 60 km from the capital, contained 1,300 Bq/kg. Wild produce from around the country is widely sold at marketplaces in the capital……

January 17, 2019 - Posted by | environment, Finland


  1. How do they know the cesium is not from the abundance of Russian hi level waste in the Baltic and English French Russian American nuclear waste in the arctic ocean?

    Comment by Dougd | January 17, 2019 | Reply

  2. Dr Busby took his gamma spectrometer there a said there is an over abundance of cesium 137 there that is not from Chernobyl. It is ongoing. Also it is not the radiation coming off the cesium 137 it is the cesium 137 itself and a. Sub microscopic amount inhaled or ingested can kill cause cancer or accumulate. Inappropriate to compare t potassium 40 because it is not a gamma emmiter is only a very small percentage of real pottasium has a billion year half life. Good idea to keeps these things clarified so there is less confusion.Lord knows the nuclearists Lie, distort, use propaganda all of the time. It is why there is so much ignorance and confusion

    Comment by Doug | January 17, 2019 | Reply

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