Swedish consumers at ‘low risk’ of radioactivity

Swedish consumers at 'low risk' of radioactivity
In Japan, heightened levels of radioactivity was found in some foodstuffs.
Following the Japan crisis the EU-commission has urged member states to begin measuring radioactivity levels in imported Japanese foods, but according to National Food Administration (Livsmedelsverket) there is little risk to Swedish consumers.

“ The National Food Administration is currently drawing up guidelines of how to proceed with the testing,” Kettil Svensson, toxicologist at the National Food Administration, told Swedish Radio.

In Japan, heightened levels of radioactivity have been found in milk, water and spinach but Japanese authorities claim that this has been below internationally accepted levels.

On Sunday, Taiwan reported to have found increased levels of radioactivity in a cargo of imported canned beans from southern Japan. But at the National Food Administration they are not worried.

“ Going by our experience with the Chernobyl accident we believe that the risk to the individual consumer is virtually non-existent, ” said Svensson.

According to National Food Administration website, the Japanese food export to Sweden is not extensive and mainly consists of fish and fish products, confectionery, vegetables and soup.

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