[ RadSafe ] I-131 in milk and activity on spinacharound Fukushima

Demetrios Okkalides od at tlmq.com
Sun Mar 20 07:06:35 CDT 2011

Thanks for the message. So the iodine was ON the spinach not absorbed by it. 
Perhaps I misunderstood.

THEAGENEION Anticancer Hospital

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Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] I-131 in milk and activity on spinacharound 

> On 20.03.2011 13:27, Demetrios Okkalides wrote:
>> I am puzled with this. Perhaps it seems OK to find I-131 in milk so soon, 
>> but in spinach? Can a metal move so fast in a plant's uptake cycle? Does 
>> this seem reasonable to you?
>> (Perhaps I should also add that the hysteria here has reached to the 
>> point where people are afraid they might also have I-131 in their food.)
>> D.Okkalides
>> THEAGENEION Anticancer Hospital
>> Thessaloniki
>> Greece
> Dear Collegue,
> The contamination is coming probably from interception after dry and wet 
> deposition (mainly dry, in the doserate tables generally no rain was 
> mentioned), the spinach have relative large leafs, it retains quite well a 
> fallout type contamination, washing is a very good coutermeasure.
> Yours,
> Laszlo Toro
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