Shukan Asahi newspaper in Japan had some imported foods tested and found something slightly shocking. This imported organic Italian jam was over the Japanese food safety limit for cesium contamination. So how could that be? The short answer is Chernobyl.
The origin for the jam is actually Bulgaria and blueberries have been known to pick up cesium in higher amounts.
- “Fior di frutta organic fruits spread” blueberry imported from Italy
- Place of origin: Bulgaria
- 164Bq/kg of cesium-137 by test commissioned by Shukan Asahi
- 140Bq/kg of cesium-137 by test by the municipal (Tokyo) health authorities
This jam has now been recalled in Japan by the importer but is still on the shelves elsewhere in the world. Since the US and EU have such high intervention levels before they will pull foods off the shelves nothing is preventing this contaminated product from being sold there. The US limit is 1200 bq/kg and EU limit is 600 bq/kg. This organic jam is sold by Amazon and also Whole Foods in the US. So far only the blueberry variety has been tested and found to be contaminated.
(original translation & info via Ex SKF)
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