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BOOKLET to Provide Basic Information Regarding Health Effects of Radiation (4th edition)

Internal Exposure due to Foods

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As radioactive cesium is eliminated from the body over time, the radioactive cesium that people ingested immediately after the earthquake has mostly been eliminated.

The internal exposure measurement using a whole-body counter being conducted at present examines the effects of radiation that is ingested orally on a daily basis. Measured values exceeding 1 mSv per year are considered to be mostly caused by radiation derived from wild plants and animals. As long as people eat only foods distributed through regulated commercial marketplaces, their annual internal doses will not exceed 1 mSv. If the annual internal dose exceeds 1 mSv, the relevant person may have eaten a lot of foods – not allowed in commercial markets – that contain radioactive cesium at high concentrations. In particular, cases have been reported where wild mushrooms are suspected to cause high internal doses.

  • Included in this reference material on March 31, 2013
  • Updated on December 31, 2017
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