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RADIOACTIVE Food - NOW Growing in CALIFORNIA

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Radioactive Isotopes discovered in TOPSOIL, GRASS, SPINACH, STRAWBERRIES, CILANTRO, KALE and ARGULA and WILD MUSHROOMS in Alameda, California

    

SOURCE: UC Berkeley • College of Engineering • American Nuclear Society, UCB, Student Section http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/node/2525

In the tables below, we are providing two numbers for each of the isotopes. The first is a standard concentration unit of Becquerel per kilogram (Bq/kg) which is the number of particles decaying per second in each kilogram of the sample. The number in parentheses after the activity is the number of kilograms that one would need to consume to equal the radiation exposure of a single round trip flight from San Francisco to Washington D.C. (0.05 mSv). For more information on how this equivalent dose is calculated, the details are here: How Effective Dose is Calculated

The experimental setup used for the food testing is the same setup used for the Rainwater Collection Experiment.

TOPSOIL

Collection Date Sample Mass I131 I132 Cs134 Cs137 Te132 Data
  kg Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**)  
4/6/2011 1.04 12.5 ± 0.4
(89)
less than
MDA
0.99 ± 0.13
(2,610)
1.5 ± 0.2
(2,510)
less than
MDA
data
4/8/2011 0.91 7.9 ± 0.5
(140)
less than
MDA
0.53 ± 0.15
(4,860)
1.2 ± 0.3
(2,990)
less than
MDA
data

GRASS

Collection Date Sample Mass I131 I132 Cs134 Cs137 Te132 Data
  kg Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**)  
4/3/2011 10:00 0.40 9.8 ± 0.5
(113)
less than
MDA
6.9 ± 0.3
(373)
6.9 ± 0.3
(537)
less than
MDA
data
4/5/2011 08:30 0.36 6.9 ± 0.8
(161)
less than
MDA
4.8 ± 0.4
(542)
3.1 ± 0.6
(1,195)
less than
MDA
data
4/6/2011 20:00 0.26 7.5 ± 0.9
(149)
less than
MDA
4.7 ± 0.5
(556)
4.9 ± 0.7
(752)
less than
MDA
data
4/11/2011 07:30 0.51 2.0 ± 0.4
(553)
less than
MDA
1.72 ± 0.18
(1500)
2.0 ± 0.3
(1890)
less than
MDA
data

 


WILD MUSHROOMS

Collection Date Sample Mass I131 I132 Cs134 Cs137 Te132 Data
  kg Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**)  
4/2/2011 10:00 0.39 8.4 ± 0.5
(132)
less than
MDA
0.63 ± 0.19
(4,110)
0.47 ± 0.19
(7,830)
less than
MDA
data

 

SPINACH

Collection Date Food Mass I131 I132 Cs134 Cs137 Te132 Data
  kg Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**)  
4/8/2011 (Best By Date) 0.284 2.8 ± 0.8
(403)
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
data
4/6/2011 (Purchase Date) 0.30 less than
MDA
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
data
4/7/2011 (Purchase Date) 0.25 1.3 ± 1.0
(831)
less than
MDA
1.0 ± 0.3
(2,570)
1.3 ± 0.6
(2,810)
less than
MDA
data

 

STRAWBERRIES

Purchase Date Food Mass I131 I132 Cs134 Cs137 Te132 Data
  kg Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**)  
4/1/2011 1.23 0.25 ± 0.14
(4,370)
less than
MDA
0.69 ± 0.07
(3,780)
0.67 ± 0.10
(5,520)
less than
MDA
data
4/7/2011 1.06 0.34 ± 0.21
(3,300)
less than
MDA
0.52 ± 0.09
(4,930)
0.51 ± 0.15
(7,300)
less than
MDA
data

 


CILANTRO

 

Purchase Date Food Mass I131 I132 Cs134 Cs137 Te132 Data
  kg Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**)  
4/4/2011 0.50 less than
MDA
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
data

 


 

KALE

Purchase Date Food Mass I131 I132 Cs134 Cs137 Te132 Data
  kg Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**)  
4/6/2011 0.34 less than
MDA
less than
MDA
0.5 ± 0.3
(5390)
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
data
4/7/2011 0.38 0.9 ± 0.6
(1,190)
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
data

 

ARUGULA

Purchase Date Food Mass I131 I132 Cs134 Cs137 Te132 Data
  kg Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**) Bq/kg (kg**)  
4/7/2011 0.38 less than
MDA
less than
MDA
0.49 ± 0.17
(5,240)
less than
MDA
less than
MDA
data

 


 

** The number in parentheses is the number of kilograms of the item that one would need to consume to equal the radiation exposure of a single round trip flight from San Francisco to Washington D.C. (0.05 mSv). To see how we calculate these numbers, please visit our explanation of the equivalent dose calculation.

Note: “MDA” is the estimated minimum detectable activity for a given isotope in the detector.

 

 



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