Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 in Honey Bees and Cheese Samples Collected in the U.S. After the Chernobyl Accident Public Deposited

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  • As a result of the Chernobyl accident on April 25, 1986. possible radioactive contamination of honey bees and cheese sampled in several areas of the United States were measured. Of bees collected in May and June of 1986 in both Oregon and New York, only those from Oregon showed detectable levels of cesium-134 (T1/2 2.05 years), a radionuclide which would have originated from the Chernobyl incident. Cheese produced in Oregon and New York before the accident showed only cesium-137 (Tip 30.23 years) but cheese produced afterwards (May and September, 1986) in Oregon contained cesium-134. Cheese produced in Ohio and California at the time of the accident and thereafter contained only cesium-137. In general, the levels of radioactivity were higher in the West coast samples as compared to those taken in the East. The levels of radioactivity detected were considered to be toxicologically of no consequence.
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  • Ford, B. C., Jester, W. A., Griffith, S. M., Morse, R. A., & Burgett, M. (1988). CESIUM-134 AND CESIUM-137 IN HONEY BEES AND CHEESE SAMPLES COLLECTED IN THE U.S. AFTER TUE CEERNOBYL ACCIDENT. Chemosphere, 17(9), 1153-1157.
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