April 7, 2011

After the radioactive cloud emanating from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant*reached Europe last week, French authorities have detected radioactive*iodine-131 in rainwater and milk.

CRIIRAD, an independent French research body on radioactivity, said it had*detected radioactive iodine-131 in*rainwater*in south-eastern*France.

A sample analysed on 28 March showed radioactivity levels of 8.5 becquerel.

In parallel testing, the French Institute*for Radiological Protection and*Nuclear*Safety*(IRSN),*the national public institution monitoring nuclear and radiological risks, found iodine 131 in milk.

According to the institute, concentrations from a sample collected on 25 March showed levels of less than 0.11 becquerels per litre.

In*normal times,*no*trace*of iodine-131*should*be*detectable in rainwater or milk.

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