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Russians Have Atomic Food Inspectors

posted on September 13, 2002

It's Russian roulette during radioactive-produce season.

June through October is the busy season for a corps of atomic food inspectors in Russia, as they test lingonberries, blueberries and mushrooms for residues of cesium and strontium before allowing them to be sold at Moscow markets.

The radioactive elements are found mostly in the produce harvested in the wild, such as berries and mushrooms. It's been a concern since the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear-power station explosion … which lies 415 miles from Moscow.

Last year, Moscow inspectors seized more than three thousand pounds of contaminated produce.

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