Countermeasures for reducing radioactive contamination of farm animals and farm animal products

Hove, K.; Strand, P.; Voigt, G.; Jones, B.-E.V.; Howard, B.J. ORCID:; Segal, M.G.; Pollaris, K.; Pearce, J.. 1993 Countermeasures for reducing radioactive contamination of farm animals and farm animal products. Science of the Total Environment, 137 (1-3). 261-271.

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A summary is given of the range and effectiveness of different available countermeasures which can reduce the radiation dose arising from the radioactive contamination of food products from animals. The choice of which countermeasure is suitable for each particular situation will depend on many factors. Consideration should be given not only to the effectiveness of each countermeasure in terms of reduction of radionuclide content, but also to its practicality and cost, particularly where deposition levels are high or where high contamination levels in animal food products persist for a long period of time. Effective countermeasures which can reduce radiocaesium contamination of milk and meat from farmed animals by more than a factor of 10 have been developed, tested and used during the last 30 years. Less progress has been made in identifying effective binders for reducing levels of the other important contaminating radionuclides, such as I and Sr, in animal food products.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Other
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: _ Pre-2000 sections
ISSN: 0048-9697
Additional Keywords: radioecology, radionuclide, contamination, animal products, countermeasures, radiocaesium, radiostrontium, radioiodine
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 12 Jun 2012 09:34 +0 (UTC)

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