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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Japan Radiation Makes Its Way into Milk

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 7:54 AM

click to enlarge It does a body good ... or does it?
  • It does a body good ... or does it?

Before you pour that next bowl of cereal, read this: Scientists in Berkeley told reporters that indeed the radioactive plum from the disastrous nuclear leak in Japan has made its way into an American staple -- milk.

The good news is that scientists said the low levels of radiation are "minuscule" and not harmful to people. Sort of. You would have to drink it everyday for about a year-and-a-half to feel any side effects from it.

Last week, state officials confirmed that the low doses of radiation had been found in rainwater and air samples at the UC Berkeley campus.

However, health officials said a person would have to drink 500 liters of it to feel the effects, which is unlikely considering the average person drinks about two liters of water on a daily basis.

Radiation form the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant initially reached Southern California on March 18, but at that point, tests showed that the radiation and its effects had greatly dissipated.

So the takeaway is this: Now might be a good time to go vegan.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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