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Radioactive organic jam sold in US

blackpointyboots Oct 28, 2013 10:42 AM

The jam is from an Italian company but was caught in Japan by a newspaper that decided to check some imported foods to see how they tested for radiation. The radiation level was above the Japanese govt. permissible levels and has been pulled from stores. Since the US and EU have ridiculously high intervention levels before they will pull foods this product is sold here without any testing or restriction.

“Fior di frutta organic fruits spread” blueberry imported from Italy
164Bq/kg of cesium-137 by test commissioned by Shukan Asahi
This jam is sold in a number of US outlets including Whole Foods and Amazon. So far only the blueberry has been tested.


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  1. almond tree RE: blackpointyboots Oct 31, 2013 09:30 AM

    Just read this today & remembered the unopened jar of imported jam I had in my cupboard. Because I live in Israel, I thought, "Nah, couldn't be."
    Guess what? I have a jar of Fior di frutta "forest berry" spread. They don't say exactly what's in it, but there's a pic of various fruits on the label, including blueberries.
    Thanks for the heads up.

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      LotusRapper RE: almond tree Oct 31, 2013 01:52 PM

      Does it glow in the dark ?

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        almond tree RE: LotusRapper Oct 31, 2013 08:20 PM

        I was wondering the same thing myself ... but no.

    2. Chemicalkinetics RE: blackpointyboots Oct 31, 2013 04:42 PM

      This is such an awesome story. Thanks.

      1. sandiasingh RE: blackpointyboots Oct 31, 2013 04:47 PM

        Thanks for posting.

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          laraffinee RE: blackpointyboots Oct 31, 2013 04:54 PM

          I am more concerned about radioactive food coming from Japan itself. The radiation around and from Fukushima is supposed to be off the charts bad.

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            sandiasingh RE: laraffinee Nov 1, 2013 06:58 AM

            Be careful if you buy kombu or bonita, etc. to make dashi. I buy mine at the local organic grocery (Vitamin Cottage). It's called Main Coast Sea Vegetables Wild Atlantic Kombu, USDA certified organic. They carry a whole line.

            1. re: sandiasingh
              JMF RE: sandiasingh Nov 2, 2013 12:51 AM

              You mean Maine Coast Sea Vegetables. I visited them a few times several years ago back when I lived in coastal Maine.

          2. paulj RE: blackpointyboots Nov 3, 2013 11:52 AM

            OK US and EU have higher 'intervention levels' than Japan. But does that justify the 'ridiculously high' adjective? For the record, what is the current Japanese allowed level?

            From that article, 'The US limit is 1200 bq/kg and EU limit is 600 bq/kg'. Several years ago the Japanese level was 500 bq/kg. The test on this jam as about 150.

            discussion here
            claims the Japanese level is now 100, down from the previous 500.

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              Chemicalkinetics RE: paulj Nov 3, 2013 10:28 PM

              Japanese have a lower limit because they are not as tough as Americans and Europeans.

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                paulj RE: Chemicalkinetics Nov 3, 2013 11:06 PM

                Food isn't the only source of radiation like this. If there is higher background radiation (or fear of higher levels), they might want to put stricter limits on food sources. It's the total exposure (during a biological half time) that really matters.

                It appears that Japan tightened the limits after Fukushima.

                Europe has Chernobyl to worry about (nearly a half life of Cesium 137 ago). North America has not a similar scare. Our bomb tests produced this isotope, be we don't get much produce from Nevada.

                My guess is that the sugar in this jam will cause more harm (to most of us) than the radioactivity - even if (especially?) we ate the whole jar at one sitting.

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                  Chemicalkinetics RE: paulj Nov 3, 2013 11:11 PM

                  < It's the total exposure (during a biological half time) that really matters.>

                  Good point.

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                    westsidegal RE: paulj Nov 4, 2013 09:58 AM

                    after taking Medical Physics from John Gofman, who <<worked on the Manhattan Project and shares patents on the fissionability of uranium-233 as well as on early processes for separating plutonium from fission products>>(RIP)
                    my inclination is to accept his analysis of the evidence that caused him to teach that there is no absolute nor practical threshold for radiation exposure.

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                      almond tree RE: paulj Nov 4, 2013 09:56 PM

                      The jam is free of refined sugar, sweetened with fruit juice.

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                  NVJims RE: blackpointyboots Nov 4, 2013 04:58 PM

                  Brazil nuts have 207 Bq/kg of potassium-40 AND 37-260 Bq/kg of Radium-226... Bananas have about 130 Bq/kg of potassium-40... These are the normal, "Natural" radiation levels of these foods..... Neither these or the blueberry jam glow in the dark or would cause you to either.
                  (reference: http://www.physics.isu.edu/radinf/nat...)

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                    almond tree RE: NVJims Nov 4, 2013 09:56 PM

                    So if I can't use my jam for a nightlight, is it safe to eat?

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                      NVJims RE: almond tree Nov 4, 2013 10:34 PM

                      It is well within the safe limits. I would be more concerned with the sugar levels.

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