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France finds cesium-137 in Belarusian mushrooms

A batch of mushrooms from Belarus with traces of radioactive cesium-137 was found in France, reports Reuters with reference to the Institute for Nuclear Safety IRSN.

It is noted that although the mushrooms did not pose a threat to consumers, a cargo weighing 3.5 tons has to be destroyed at a special incineration plant.

The IRSN said that a person who consumed a dozen kilograms of Belarusian mushrooms would receive the same effect as a natural radiation background during the year.

In mid-September, French media reported that cesium-137 was found in mushrooms collected in France itself. Back then experts associated the increased content of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 with the consequences of the 1986 Chernobyl accident and above-ground nuclear tests in 1950-1960. They also noted that cesium-137 in trace amounts is always found in mushrooms after global precipitation.

France finds cesium-137 in Belarusian mushrooms