Nuclear Incident and Food Safety
After the Japan nuclear incident occurred in March 2011, the CFS has received enquiries on issues related to food safety and radiation level in food from time to time. The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has been conducting radionuclides tests on foods imported from Japan and reported the results on the CFS website regularly since the incident.
Today (2 Aug 2013), a dried mushroom sample was found to have low radioactive substances levels (Caesium-134 at 47 Bq/kg; Caesium-137 at 120 Bq/kg) through the surveillance programme. The levels found are well below the guideline level, 1,000 Bq/kg, established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Risk assessment showed that adverse health effects due to the internal dose from the concerned dried mushroom sample alone by both the average and high consumers are unlikely.
The CFS will continue to closely monitor the development of the incident.