4 mars 2012
Please note: foodwatch and the German Section of IPPNW have no information that highly contaminated foodstuffs from Japan currently are in the market in Europe
Permissible limits today in the EU stand between 200 and 600 becquerels of cesium per kilogram of food. This is in stark contradiction to standards found in currently valid German legislation. The German Radiation Protection Ordinance governing the operation of nuclear power plants stipulates that total exposure for an individual may not exceed an effective annual dose of 1 mSv per year. In contrast, the EU radiation limits for foodstuffs tolerate an annual dose of at least 33 mSv for adults and 68 mSv for children and adolescents.
Since there is enough food available which is far less radioactively contaminated, there is no need to expect people to eat highly contaminated products.
For this reason, foodwatch and IPPNW are calling for a drastic lowering of the value limits from their present level of 370 becquerels (200 for imports from Japan) down to 8 becquerels of cesium per kilogram for baby food and milk products, and from the present level of 600 becquerels (currently 500 for imports from Japan) down to 16 becquerels of cesium per kilogram for all other foodstuffs
Thilo Bode, executive director of foodwatch, said :
Official permissible limits in the EU and Japan serve “commercial interests and expose the population unnecessarily to massive health risks. The precautionary principle and the right to physical integrity are anchored in fundamental European legislation, from which emerges the obligation to act behalf European policy. The EU must drastically reduce officially permissible limits to ensure adequate level of protection for its citizens. Foodwatch the German Section of IPPNW strongly urge the Japanese government to substantially lower the permissible limit for the long-lived cesium isotope in food.
Both organizations also urge that exposure to iodine-131 in food is deemed completely unacceptable. Given iodine-131’s relatively short half-life, people must not and should not be expected to eat food contaminated with this isotope. Many foods can be stored or frozen until iodine-131 has decayed and foods have become suitable for consumption again. In addition, there should be a uniform limit system that applies equally to normal and emergency situations. With the help of a regulation that has been lying in the drawer since the Chernobyl disaster, the European Commission can today tacitly put into force higher, in other words less stringent, value limits without any parliamentary control, in the event of an other nuclear disaster, as was initially done after Fukushima.
source : http://www.scribd.com/doc/76397531/Press-release-Background-Report-Ger
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