Radioactively Contaminated Milk Powder
5.1. According to current risk assessment results, are there any health effects from consuming the contaminated milk powder?
Based on the assessment results conducted on the contaminated milk powder sample tested by Meiji with the highest levels of radionuclides, the radiation dose received by average consumers of 9-month-old infants due to prolonged consumption (1 year) of the contaminated milk powder was approximately 0.04 mSv, which is equal to the radiation dose received from about 4/5 chest X-ray examination or 1/200 CT scan, or half the radiation dose received from air travel for a round trip from Hong Kong to the West Coast of the United States.
5.2. Is it safe to consume radioactively contaminated milk powder from Japan?
According to the test results released by Meiji, the radiation levels detected in the milk powder concerned were very low and unlikely to cause adverse health effects.
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) has all along been concerned about the safety of food imports from Japan. Since March 12, 2011, i.e. the day of the nuclear plant incident, the CFS has stepped up tests of radiation levels of food products (including milk powder) imported from Japan. As of 6 December 2011, a total of 140 samples of milk powder imported from Japan have been tested, all of them passed the tests.