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S. Korea: Local Milk, Fish Safe From Radioactive Contaminants

By Park Sae-jin Posted : April 28, 2011, 12:10 Updated : April 28, 2011, 12:10
The South Korean government confirmed on Tuesday that its local milk and fishery products are safe from radioactive materials despite the discovery of trace levels of radionuclides in the air and rainwater.

The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said it had found no detectable concentrations of radioactive iodine and cesium in 80 different samples of raw milk produced by dairy cows from April 7 through April 19.

In addition, the milk samples were collected from 12 different regions mainly from the east coast that is nearest to Japan, as well as Jeju Island, which produces large amounts of milk due to numerous milk cows.

The ministry also checked 16 different types of fish and seafood products from the Korean Peninsula and found no radioactive contaminants.

The ministry said that they will continue to examine local food products for radioactive contamination in the coming weeks and will release its results on the official website.

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