Radioactive Cabbages In Singapore

Singapore has told the UN nuclear watchdog some cabbages imported from Japan had radiation levels up to nine times the levels recommended for international trade.

“The Singapore authorities sent reports on measurements in food imported from Japan, namely cabbages … some samples were over the Codex Alimentarius values recommended for international trade,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) spokesman Denis Florey said.

Another official at the same news conference said the Codex level for radioactive iodine was 100 becquerels per kilogram.

“One of the samples in Singapore was up to nine times that level,” said official David Byron, who is a UN food agency official currently seconded to the IAEA in Vienna.

“Other samples were also over that level,” he said, although not as much.

Codex standards are guidelines which are not mandatory and it is up to the country concerned what to do with the affected product, he added.

Dangerously high levels of radiation are spreading beyond the Fukushima exclusion zone in Japan.

There are fears the race to contain the nuclear crisis has been lost and meltdown has already taken place.

Radiation measured at a village 40 kilometres from the Fukushima nuclear plant now exceeds a criterion for evacuation, the UN nuclear agency says.

Japan, which has more than 50 reactors, has ordered an immediate check of them all to ensure there can be no repeat of the Fukushima crisis.

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