Caution Radiation: Ukrainians are asked to give up seafood

Ukrainians are asked to give up seafoodIn the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate confirmed elevated airborne levels of radioactive substances — iodine-131 and cesium-134 — in connection with the accident at the Japanese nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1". According to experts, the concentration is in the normal range, but the daily increases on average by 15% because of the situation at the plant can not be stabilized. Environmentalists recommend Ukrainians not to eat seafood, Far Eastern species of fish and crabs.

First Deputy Chairman of the State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation, Chief Inspector of Nuclear and Radiation Safety Michael Gashev reported elevated airborne levels of radioactive substances — iodine-131 and cesium-134 — a result of the accident at the Japanese nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1". RecallMarch 11 Japan earthquake magnitude 9 points and tsunami 10 m high in the results of the "Fukushima-1" occurred an explosion damaged four of the six reactors. The region has dramatically increased background radiation, and the high content of volatile elements of iodine-131 and cesium-134 were detected in the air, sea and drinking water and food.

Cesium 134 — key radionuclides from nuclear explosions and nuclear power generation. Distributed in the form of the radioactive cloud of volatile particles falling with precipitation, and for many years of polluting the air, soil and vegetation. Its half-life is 2 years. Iodine-131 — radionuclide chemical element iodine, is the main product of nuclear fission, a danger to human health. The half-life — about 8 days.

The IAEA said the situation at the "Fukushima-1" remains serious but stable. "The fixed dose units in buildings № 1, № 2, № 3, № 4 may indicate that nuclear fuel in them not only to seal and has no reliable cooling, but mostly melted," — said the agency, reports newspaper "Kommersant-Ukraine".

According Gasheva, the concentration of the elements of iodine-131 and cesium-134 remains in the normal range, but increased on average by 15% per day. "Maximum values of iodine-131 are now registered in Canada and the U.S. — to 0.01 becquerels per cubic meter. Given the spread of contamination, which comes from the north-west, the figures in France today are 0.005 Bq per cubic meter. Minimum were recorded in Greece — 0.0004 "- said the expert. According to him, this is due to the fact that Japan is not yet possible to eliminate the source of contamination, stabilizing the situation in the nuclear power plant accident.

The Ministry of Health exclude the possibility of radioactive contamination in Ukraine. "We believe that the excess gamma background and permissible levels of radionuclides in food and drinking water in areas not influenced by the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is not registered," — said the chief state sanitary doctor Sergei Ryzhenko. According to him, the Ministry of Health has strengthened radiation monitoring of food products from countries that may have been contaminated.

According to experts, from Japan to Ukraine imported only specialized products — soy sauce, seaweed, kelp, expensive types of tuna. However, the threat to the health of Ukrainians can represent not only the products of Japan, but also neighboring countries. Environmentalists recommend Ukrainians not to eat seafood, Far Eastern species of fish and crabs. "If canned food were manufactured after March 1, buying them is not necessary" — the director of the Kiev Ecological and Cultural Center Vladimir Boreyko.

As reported byMIgnews.com.ua,Ukraine has alreadyintroduced radiation monitoring of food that come through the ports. "Was introduced to the dosimetry of all foods that come through our ports, and it basically Odessa and Illichivsk … Every ship that comes into port, controlled dosimetry aspect", — the president of the National Academy of Medical Sciences Andrei Serdyuk. He also noted thatsalmon and other valuable fish species very well accumulate a radioactive elements.

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