France finds traces of radioactive cesium in Russian mushrooms

  30 November 2017    Read: 760
France finds traces of radioactive cesium in Russian mushrooms

France has found traces of radioactive cesium on mushrooms imported from Russia, the head of French nuclear regulator ASN said on Thursday, AzVision.az reports citing Reuters.

Asked about the impact of a cloud of radioactive pollution coming from Russia in October, ASN chief Pierre-Franck Chevet told the French senate levels of radioactive ruthenium 106 in the air had posed no safety threat to French citizens, but that controls on imported food products had been strengthened.

“The latest information I have is that it seems traces of cesium have been found on mushrooms that would have come from Russia,” Chevet told a Senate hearing on nuclear security.

Russia said last week it had measured pollution of a radioactive isotope at nearly 1,000 times normal levels in the Ural mountains after French nuclear safety institute IRSN warned about cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe.

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