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Radionuclide transfer to animal products: revised recommended transfer coefficient values

Howard, B.J.; Beresford, N.A.; Barnett, C.L.; Fesenko, S.. 2009 Radionuclide transfer to animal products: revised recommended transfer coefficient values. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 100 (3). 263-273. 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2008.12.015

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Abstract/Summary

A compilation has been undertaken of data which can be used to derive animal product transfer coefficients for radionuclides, including an extensive review of Russian language information. The resultant database has been used to provide recommended transfer coefficient values for a range of radionuclides to (i) cow, sheep and goat milk, (ii) meat (muscle) of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry and (iii) eggs. The values are used in a new IAEA handbook on transfer parameters which replaces that referred to as 'TRS 364'. The paper outlines the approaches and procedures used to identify and collate data, and assumptions used. There are notable differences between the TRS 364 'expected' values and the recommended values in the revised Handbook from the new database. Of the recommended values, three milk values are at least an order of magnitude higher than the TRS 364 values (Cr, Pu (cow) Pu (sheep)) and one milk value is lower (Ni (cow)). For meat, four values (Am, Cd, Sb (beef) I (pork)) are at least an order of magnitude higher than the TRS 364 values and eight values are at least an order of magnitude lower (Ru, Pu (beef), Ru, Sr, Zn (sheep), Ru, Sr (pork), Mn (poultry)). Many data gaps remain. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2008.12.015
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 3 - Managing Threats to Environment and Health > BGC - 3.3 - Deliver effective advice, models and applied science ...
CEH Sections: Shore
ISSN: 0265-931X
Additional Keywords: Transfer coefficient, Animal product, Milk, Meat, Egg, Goat Sheep, Pig, Hen, radioecology
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 19 Oct 2009 13:15
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/8012

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