JAPAN | FSC shows intake benchmark of 100 millisieverts

Posted on July 26, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 26 July 2011

A government food safety panel has recommended that safeguard measures be implemented to limit cumulative radiation exposure during a person’s lifetime to no more than 100 millisieverts.

The working group at the Food Safety Commission, which was set up at the request of the health ministry, released its report on Tuesday.

The report says more than 100 millisieverts of exposure and radioactive intake during a lifetime could increase the risk of developing cancer and other conditions.
The amount does not include radiation a person receives naturally.

The report also pointed out the vulnerability of children, who have greater risks of developing thyroid cancer, leukemia and other illnesses than adults do. But it did not give clear guidelines on setting standards for children, citing a lack of research.

In the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, the government set its provisional radioactivity safety limits on foodstuff such as meat, and vegetable.

The health ministry and other agencies are expected to review the provisional limits based on Tuesday’s report.

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