Baby formula recalled in Japan due to radioactive cesium particles


A Japanese maker of baby formula has issued a recall on about 400,000 cans of its product because it tested abnormally high for radioactive cesium.

According to The New York Times, Meijii issued the recall on Tuesday after it discovered traces of cesium 134 and 137 in its powdered baby formula. Though the levels were below the allowed limit by the Japanese government, Meijii issued the recall as a precaution.

The trace amounts of radioactive cesium are believed to be a result of the ongoing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai’ichi power plant. A company spokesperson said radioactive particles may have infiltrated Meijii’s production facility in Saitama, Japan.

This is the latest report of radioactive particles contaminating food supplies in Japan, a full nine months after the deadly earthquake and tsunami which killed thousands led to a massive explosion and failure of the nuclear power facility.

A local citizen’s group pushed Meijii to conduct radiation testing on its baby formula after it had conducted its own sampling and detected the cesium. A government spokesperson said an infant can consume the affected formula on a daily basis and not suffer any consequences from the radiation.