By Benjamin Cost
For now, it appears as if Shanghai’s powdered milk stock is safe from the radiation that has tainted Meiji co. powdered baby milk. Earlier this week the powdered formula produced by Japan’s premier dairy company was found to contain traces of radioactive cesium 137 and 139, prompting widespread panic in Japan and China.
Hangzhou has allegedly already scrapped Meiji Milk powder from the search items in its taobao.com database, and Japan has yanked 400,000 cans of the powder from its stores.
But fear not, Shanghai residents! Not only has the city not imported Japanese milk for almost a year, but according to Shanghai safety officials, Shanghai’s Meiji powder is manufactured in Australia and not Japan. So we can all wipe our brows knowing that while Shanghai’s foodstuffs may indeed give you “atomic” indigestion, at least they aren’t literally radioactive.
Even Japan, who has experienced its fair share of radiation contamination following Fukushima, might be overhyping the so-called mutagen milk. Milk sample analysts state:
Up to 30.8 becquerels per kilogram were found, well below the 200 becquerels per kilogram that the government considers to be the limit.
Meiji co. representatives claim that their target infants, the most at-risk group for radiation poisoning, could chug a bottle of Meiji milk everyday without experiencing any adverse effects. Still, this reassurance probably wont be enough to ease the minds of parents, who can easily reach for another milk brand that has no radiation level whatsoever.