Provisional radioactivity surveillance results for 2011

The Food Standards Agency carries out surveillance for radioactivity in aquatic and terrestrial foods. Tables are available that give the provisional results from analysis of foods for the period England and Wales from 1 January to 30 June 2011.

1 January to 30 June 2011

For all samples, there were no significant changes in concentrations of radioactivity, compared to previous years’ results. All the results are well below those that would lead to doses that would exceed the statutory UK annual dose limit to members of the public of 1mSv (millisievert), European Union limits and Government targets. Consequently, all results were well below any levels that would lead to unacceptable doses as a result of dietary intake.

Background

The methods of sampling and analysis used were essentially those described in section 2 of Appendix 1 of the PDF document from Radioactivity in Food and the Environment, 2009 (RIFE-15), published in October 2010 (ISSN 1365-6414).

These data will be validated and the resulting radiation exposures to members of the public will be assessed. This information will be made available in Radioactivity in Food and the Environment, 2011 (RIFE-17), to be published by the Food Standards Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Environment Agency and Northern Ireland Environment Agency in the autumn of 2012.