[ RadSafe ] Hawaii Health Guide - Big Island Dairy Farmers fight radiation with Boron

Franta, Jaroslav frantaj at aecl.ca
Tue May 31 08:48:34 CDT 2011


Time for a reality check....

Latest Milk Sample Shows Decreased Amounts of Radiation in Milk From Big Island Dairy Still Far Below Levels of Public Health Concern

Results of EPA laboratory analysis of a milk sample collected April 13, 2011 on the Big Island showed small amounts of Cesium-134 and Cesium-137. The amounts were 11 pCi/L and 10 pCi/L, respectively. The results for Iodine-131 were non-detect. These findings have decreased from the previous sample collected on April 4, 2011 and are still far below levels of public health concern.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Derived Intervention Levels (DIL) for milk are 4700 pCi/L for I-131 and 33,000 pCi/L for Cs-134 and Cs-137 combined.
Additional analysis was performed by the EPA on the milk sample collected on April 4, 2011. Trace amounts of Strontium-89 were detected (1.4 pCi/L).
Strontium-90 was non-detect in this sample. These levels are below FDA's DIL of 4400 pCi/L for the Strontium-90 radionuclide group.
The department is continuing to monitor all milk produced at Big Island dairies, as well as milk imported from California. We do not expect to see any levels of significant health impact and there is no need to take any protective action based on current guidance.


-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at agni.phys.iit.edu on behalf of Roger Helbig
Sent: Sun 29/05/2011 13:08
To: Radsafe
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Hawaii Health Guide - Big Island Dairy Farmers fightradiation with Boron


I strongly suspect that these well meaning dairy farmers are doing more harm than good.  Is that the case or does sodium borate do no harm?  If it does harm especially to the resulting milk, then the State of Hawaii's health department should be made aware of this.

Roger Helbig


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