Title: 2 Fukushima men suffer internal radiation exposure from homegrown vegetables
Date: August 22, 2012
Two Fukushima Prefecture men in their 70s suffered a relatively high level of internal radiation exposure by consuming homegrown vegetables contaminated with radioactive cesium, a survey by the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science has found. The level of radioactivity in one of the men was close to 20,000 becquerels. Researchers said this would result in an annual radiation dose of about 0.85 millisieverts — under the government’s yearly limit for radiation exposure from food of 1 millisievert per year.
Doctor Masaharu Tsubokura, who tested the men, commented, “This is not a level that would affect their health, but when people consume homegrown vegetables and other such products we would like them to undergo tests.
The men live in the town of Kawamata and the city of Nihonmatsu, respectively.