By dfait.maeci: Canada's response to the earthquake in Japan | Réponse du Canada au séisme au Japon

By dfait.maeci: Canada's response to the earthquake in Japan | Réponse du Canada au séisme au Japon

This morning, I just received more up-to-date info about the radiation levels in Japan and the extent of  impact on food and people in other countries.

Here is a brief summary of this info.

  • “Potassium iodide (KI) is only needed when there is a large amount of radioactive iodine in the environment.
  • At this time, the Government of Canada does not advise using the medication (KI).
  • KI will be available from local health authorities in Japan if the need arises.
  • Information currently available indicates that there is no significant risk from radioactive contamination in the Japanese food supply.
  • No agricultural products are being shipped from the affected areas near Fukushima.
  • As an extra precaution, Canadians in Japan are encouraged, for the time being, to be diligent in choosing foods produced and manufactured in other regions less impacted by the current disaster.
  • Reuters reported about 2 hours ago that according to Japan’s deputy chief cabinet secretary, Fukushima reactors are showing some improvement but the situation remains uncertain.
  • Reuters reported that the health ministry of Japan “also said in a statement that radiation levels exceeded safety standards in Fukushima and nearby Ibaraki prefecture. It said it had prohibited the sale of raw milk from Fukushima prefecture.”
  • AFP reported that “authorities in Taiwan checking food imports for radiation on Sunday found a shipment of fava beans from southern Japan had been very slightly contaminated. It is the first report of contaminated food being found outside Japan since the crisis at a nuclear power plant. The beans will be destroyed.”

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