And in other news......Reporting being sued for reporting on Radiation in Milk. And yesterday, he was found guilty. A government run lab was given a milk sample and came up with results showing Strontium 90 at 10 times the legal limit.
No additional tests were performed during the trial. No additional labs were brought in. They simple found him guilty.
From the story itself---
First off, they quote a WHO doctor who states---
"Ausrele Kesminiene, a doctor in the cancer research unit of the World Health Organization, said the consumption of radioactive food is linked chiefly to the development of cancer in the thyroid, a gland in the neck that produces body-regulating hormones. Thyroid cancer is typically not fatal if diagnosed early."stock here: what a criminal statement. This guy claims to be a Doctor? He is talking thyroid cancer, that ingestion and exposure only happens in the first few months after an accident. It is not a concern at this time. The strontium, cesium, plutnium, americium are concerns.
But he played the "thyroid card" so that he could then play the "thyroid cancers are not usually fatal". This is disgusting that a WHO doctor would lie like this. BTW thyroid cancers are treated by removing the thyroid or by blasting the thyroid with so much more intentionally delivered radiation that it is destroyed.
The milk sample subjected to an AP-commissioned analysis backs this picture (that the milk was highly contaminated)
The state-run Minsk Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology said it found strontium-90, a radioactive isotope linked to cancers and cardiovascular disease, in quantities 10 times higher than Belarusian food safety regulations allow. The test, like others in resource-strapped Belarus, was insufficiently sophisticated to test for heavier radioactive isotopes associated with nuclear fallout, including americium and variants of plutonium.
The Belarusian Agriculture Ministry says levels of strontium-90 should not exceed 3.7 becquerels per kilogram in food and drink. Becquerels are a globally recognized unit of measurement for radioactivity.
The Minsk lab informed the AP that the milk sample contained 37.5 becquerels. That radioactive isotope is, along with cesium-137, commonly produced during nuclear fission and generates most of the heat and penetrating radiation from nuclear waste. When consumed, scientists say strontium-90 mimics the behavior of calcium in the human body, settling in bones.
Milkavita chief engineer Maia Fedonchuk rejected the findings.
"It's impossible. We do our own testing. There must have been a mix-up," she said, adding they test samples from every batch of milk they receive from Chubenok and do an "in-depth" analysis every six months. She said the plant's own lab analysis indicates its overall milk supply contains an average of 2.85 becquerels per kilogram.
A person who answered the telephone at the press office of the Belarusian Emergency Situations Ministry, which is tasked with dealing with the fallout of the nuclear disaster, said they would not comment on the AP's findings.
Health officials say the danger level posed by low levels of radioactive isotopes depends greatly on length of exposure and individual physiology. Notably, the regional free-trade bloc that includes Belarus and Russia permits higher levels of strontium-90 in goods of up to 25 becquerels per kilogram, still lower than that detected in the AP-commissioned test.
The question is whether anyone in authority is positioned to identify the true level of risks in produce from farms on the frontier of Belarus' prohibited zone.