Low levels of radioactivity in grazing animals

Sheep in the mountainsKVAM.Sheep in the mountains: Paul Kleiven / SCANPIX

So far this year there have been very low levels of radioactive substances in rough grazing animals , according to the Norwegian Radiation Protection.

The radioactive substance cesium is still a problem for the  sheep industry after the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Enormous amounts of radioactive particles were then released into the atmosphere, and the wind spread the contamination across Europe – and Norway was one of the countries that were hit the hardest .

NRPA monitors the levels of radioactive cesium in rough grazing animals  in Hedmark, Buskerud, Sogn og Fjordane, Oppland, Trøndelag and southern parts of Nordland. They will then notify FSA about the anticipated levels in the animals before the autumn harvest.

– The results show very low levels well below the threshold value for milk,  the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority writes.
Howver,this year’s mushroom season may increase the level, because mushrooms are able to contain larger amounts of radioactive material than greenery can.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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