Milk in Ukraine Found to be Contaminated with Radioactive Compounds

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Scientists from the Greenpeace Research Laboratories at the University of Exeter found the amount of radioactive compound in milk five times higher than safe radioactive levels.

People in some parts of Ukraine are exposed to radioactive cesium even after 30 years of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster. Most people in this area have cows and milk is primarily consumed by children. Samples of cow milk were collected from private farms and homes in the Rivne region by the scientists from the Greenpeace Research Laboratories at the University of Exeter and the Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology. Rivne region is located around 200 km from the Nuclear Power Plant.

The cesium levels in the milk was times higher than the safe limit. The study was published in March 2018, in Environment International. The amount of cesium radiation in the soil of the region was not considerably high. The residents living in this areas are chronically exposed to effects of radiation due to the accumulation of cesium in the milk and other foods. The radiation puts every system of the body in risks with various diseases. It can be fatal in cases of young children and adults.

Researches explain that simple protective measures costing less than 10 euros a person can bring a steep decrease in radiation exposure for the six villages in the area. Cesium binders to cows, mineral fertilization of potato fields and providing pigs with uncontaminated fodder are some of the measures to reduce levels of radiations in milk. The Ukrainian government had taken similar steps in 2009, however, the funding was discontinued.

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