Monitoring environmental radionuclide activity of the incident-relevant radionuclides 137Cs und 90Sr in animal feed and foodstuffs consumed in Germany

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In Germany, there are numerous legal regulations that address radioactivity in food, animal feed and environmental sources. With regard to the accident-relevant radionuclides 137Cs and 90Sr, the Radiation Protection Act is of particular importance. When calculating the consumer's exposure to radiation, all relevant entry paths, e.g. air, feed, crop or cow milk must be taken into account. Compliance with the limits of the effective dose and of individual partial body doses is controlled and ensured by a variety of regulations, including, but not limited to strict regulations and requirements for the operation of nuclear facilities. A comprehensive monitoring of radioactivity from various environmental and dietary sources is mandatory in order to ensure consumer’s safety.

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Haase, G., Vagt, T. & Fritsche, J. Monitoring environmental radionuclide activity of the incident-relevant radionuclides 137Cs und 90Sr in animal feed and foodstuffs consumed in Germany. J Consum Prot Food Saf (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00003-020-01309-7

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Keywords

  • Food
  • Feed
  • Environmental radioactivity
  • Monitoring
  • Radiation Protection Act