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Three decades on, German mushrooms still show imprint of Chernobyl

BERLIN, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Around 95% of wild mushroom samples collected in Germany within the final six years still confirmed radioactive contamination from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, albeit not above authorized limits, the German meals security regulator mentioned on Friday.

Elevated concentrations of caesium-137 and caesium-134 isotopes bearing the attribute signature of the Chernobyl blast had been discovered particularly in southern Germany, the federal workplace for shopper safety and meals security (BVL) mentioned.

However, none of the 74 samples examined exceeded the authorized restrict of 600 becquerels of radiation per kg.

The Chernobyl reactor, situated in what’s now Ukraine, spewed tonnes of nuclear waste into the ambiance, spreading radioactivity throughout swathes of the continent and inflicting a spike in cancers within the extra quick area.

The BVL mentioned the radioactive materials lingered in forests as a result of their ecosystems recycled vitamins so effectively, which means that wild mushrooms will show contamination for for much longer than different agricultural merchandise.

Concern on the long-term impression of nuclear disasters has fuelled public opposition to nuclear energy, and in Germany triggered a call, shortly after the accident at Japan’s Fukushima plant in 2011, to desert it altogether.

Reporting by Zuzanna Szymanska and Thomas Escritt; Editing by Kevin Liffey

Mushrooms in a box are seen in a Belarussian part of the forest near the border between Ukraine and Belarus, near the village of Dzerzhinsk, south of Minsk, July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko/File Photo

A wood frog rests beside a chanterelle mushroom in the forest at Medvednica mountain overlooking Zagreb June 6, 2011. REUTERS/Nikola Solic

Mushrooms in a box are seen in a Belarussian part of the forest near the border between Ukraine and Belarus, near the village of Dzerzhinsk, south of Minsk, July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko/File Photo

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