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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 297, Issue 3, pp 419–421 | Cite as

The study on radioactive contamination in foodstuffs imported from Japan after the Fukushima accident

  • T. Itthipoonthanakorn
  • P. Krisanangkura
  • S. Udomsomporn
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Abstract

During the Fukushima nuclear accident, a large number of radionuclides were released, causing direct radioactive contamination to the environment and the ecosystem, and eventually indirect contamination to the foodstuffs. The Radiation Monitoring Group, Office of Atoms for Peace (OAP) in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has been monitoring the foodstuffs imported from Japan, especially the Fukushima and nearby areas. This monitoring program covered the potentially contaminated foodstuffs. The measurements were mainly conducted using Gamma spectroscopy systems in order to analyze the radioactive concentration of 131I, 134Cs, and 137Cs fission products. From 442 samples collected between after the nuclear accident to the end of September 2012, 28 of contaminated food products of fission isotopes have been found with the contamination ranges of 0.63–15.25 Bq/kg fresh, 1.45–44.70 Bq/kg fresh, and 0.45–51.10 Bq/kg fresh) for 131I, 134Cs, and 137Cs, respectively. However, the contamination levels are still well under the Thailand standard of food contaminated with radionuclide and the relevant international standards. Finally, the research also investigated the relationship between the times the samples were collected and the contamination levels.

Keywords

Radioactive contamination in food Fukushima nuclear accident 131134Cs 137Cs Gamma spectroscopy 

References

  1. 1.
    Thailand standard of food contaminated with radionuclide (2011) Ministry of Public Health, Bangkok, ThailandGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    The guideline levels of CODEX general standard for contaminants and toxins in food and feed (CODEX STAN 193-1995) (1995) Joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius CommissionGoogle Scholar

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Itthipoonthanakorn
    • 1
  • P. Krisanangkura
    • 1
  • S. Udomsomporn
    • 1
  1. 1.Radiation Monitoring GroupBureau of Technical Support for Safety Regulation, Office of Atoms for PeaceBangkokThailand

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