Regulation and Control of Radionuclides in Food in a European Socialist Country— Hungary

  • L. B. Sztanyik
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The reactor accident at Unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power station on April 26,1986, resulted in an uncontrolled release to the environment of large quantities of radioactive substances. A considerable proportion of these was widely dis­persed throughout the whole continent and induced excitement and anxiety among the people. National authorities responsible for the health of the population hastily introduced protective actions differing from each other in both their character and scale. Particularly shocking discrepancies appeared between various countries in their maximum levels of radioactive contamination of foodstuffs declared to be acceptable. This paper presents the thinking followed in Hungary in the early postaccident period for coping with the consequences of the environ­mental contamination and, in particular, for developing derived intervention levels of radionuclides in foodstuffs.


International Atomic Energy Agency Radioactive Contamination Beta Activity Radioactive Substance Nuclear Facility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. B. Sztanyik
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  1. 1.Frédéric Joliot-Curie National Research Institute for Radiobiology and RadiohygieneBudapestHungary

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