Categories: General
      Date: Apr 11, 2011
     Title: Radiation from Fukushima plant in Japan not affecting BC milk safety

Radiation from Fukushima plant in Japan not affecting BC milk safety

BURNABY, April 7, 2011– Concerns about the safety of milk were raised by some consumers after trace amounts of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan were recorded in milk in Spokane, Washington.

 



Radiation from Fukushima plant in Japan not affecting BC milk safety

BURNABY, April 7, 2011– Concerns about the safety of milk were raised by some consumers after trace amounts of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan were recorded in milk in Spokane, Washington. While negligible levels of radioactive material have been detected on Canada's west coast, these quantities are very small and within normal ranges. They do not pose any health risk to Canadians, the food we eat, or the plants and animals in Canada.

As the BC Centre for Disease Control states: “British Columbians should not be concerned about radiation in milk or in any other British Columbian food products. The levels of radio-iodine that have been measured in Washington State are extremely low. While such traces do show that we need to monitor BC-produced foods for traces of dilute radioactivity coming from Japan, the measurements are far from internationally accepted levels of concern.”

In line with ongoing Government of Canada radiation surveillance and monitoring activities across Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has conducted sampling and testing of domestic milk from British Columbia. The BC Dairy industry supported this testing of milk for radiation to ensure that consumer safety was not compromised. Last week, samples of domestically produced milk from British Columbia were tested to verify that milk remains safe for consumption. The result of this testing confirms that BC milk is safe to drink.

Canadian consumer safety is the highest priority for dairy farmers and dairy food companies. The BC dairy industry continues to work closely with federal and provincial government agencies to ensure a safe milk supply. We can assure you that our industry will work diligently to ensure consumer safety is not compromised.

For up to date information please check the BC Centre for Disease Control website: www.bccdc.ca

And the Canadian Food Inspection Safety website at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/imp/radrese.shtml