Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Radioactive cesium found in Meiji baby formula - 6th Dec 2011

Radioactive cesium of up to 30.8 becquerels per kilogram has been found in baby formula manufactured and sold by Meiji Co., the major food company said Tuesday, citing an internal inspection.

The company suspects a link with the radioactive leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, saying that raw milk for its "Meiji Step" powders may have come into contact with airborne radioactive cesium when it was being dried.

Radioactive cesium has been found in baby formula for the first time since the disaster, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, which has begun looking into the matter.

The level of cesium-134 and cesium-137 contained in the product remains below the government-set allowable limit of 200 becquerels per kilogram. Meiji said in a statement that the level "is said to be one that does not influence health even if (the formula) is drunk every day."

The company nonetheless plans to offer customers free replacements, a move that affects about 400,000 850-gram cans of the Meiji Step formula, a company official said. Read More