An Assessment of Radiocaesium Activity Concentrations in Sheep in Restricted Areas of England and Wales and Potential Consumer Doses (UK Post-Chernobyl Monitoring Programme)

An Assessment of Radiocaesium Activity Concentrations in
Sheep in Restricted Areas of England and Wales and
Potential Consumer Doses
(UK Post-Chernobyl Monitoring Programme)

November 2011

by

Andrew Field
Food Standards Agency
Aviation House
125 Kingsway
London
WC2B 6NH

at https://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/media/document/chernobylassessment.pdf

“The doses to the representative person from consuming sheep meat from each monitored farm
range from <0.05mSv to 0.21mSv per year with a mean of <0.09mSv per year. The doses are
considerably below the 1mSv per year limit established underArticle 48 of Council Directive
96/29/Euratom for members of the public exposed to radiation from routine planned exposures and
the 1mSv per year reference level typically used in existing exposure situations (ICRP, 2006 & 2007).
Doses are also well below 0.26mSv, the dose the Representative Person would receive, if they
consumed all their meat at the 1,000 Bq/kg limit.
The mean radiocaesium activity concentration in sheep on each restricted farm ranged from <160
Bq/kg to 739 Bq/kg and the maximum from <160 Bq/kg to 1433 Bq/kg. Only 4 out of 78 farms
recorded sheep above 1,000 Bq/kg. No more than 2.5% percent of sheep on each of these four
farms exceeded this limit.
Although low levels of radiocaesium persist throughout the restricted areas of Cumbria and North
Wales, the level of consumer risk, if control measures were removed, is considered to be very low.
With very few sheep exceeding the 1,000 Bq/kg limit when activity concentrations are at their peak,
the Mark and Release monitoring programme is having a negligible impact on reducing consumer
doses. end quote from the above source.

This being the results 25 years after the contaminating event deposited the cesium fission isotope on area of North Wales.

It is hard to imagine how a solar or wind or any other form of fuel-less renewable could create such a cesium contamination event over a number of nations in Europe. Pursuant to the generation of electrical power.

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