Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) 2012

Last updated:
22 October 2013
The FSA has published the 11th annual Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) report, which shows that the level of man-made radioactivity to which people in the UK are exposed remained below the EU legal limit during 2012.

Key findings in the report include:

  • The total radiation dose to members of the public in the UK is significantly below the EU annual dose limit of 1 millisievert for all exposures.
  • The exposure of consumers to radioactivity in 2012 was similar to or lower than in 2011 for the majority of nuclear sites.
  • Monitoring of the Dalgety Bay area (near the site of a former military airfield) revealed many radium contaminated particles and objects. The FSA carried out an assessment of the potential food chain dose and Dalgety Bay was placed under a FEPA (Food and Environment Protection Act) control order to prohibit the sale or movement of foods from the beach.
  • Following the Fukushima accident in 2011, food import controls from Japan were introduced and, further revised, during 2012. Monitoring at UK ports of entry showed little or no radioactivity in food.

The full report can be found on the Scottish Environment Protection Agency's website via the 'External sites' links on this page.