Radiation Food Testing at EMSL Analytical, Inc.
Leading food testing laboratory now offers services to analyze food for radiation contamination following the nuclear disaster in Japan
Several months ago, it was reported that food products including beef, spinach, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, tea, milk, plums and fish were found to be contaminated with cesium and iodine as far as 360 kilometers from Dai-Ichi. Recently, it was also reported that about 963 pounds (437 kilograms) of beef from a farm in Minami-Soma city, 30 miles from the stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station was contaminated by radiation from Fukushima vicinity and unfortunately has been eaten by consumers in Japan. This has intensified food-safety concerns and has brought criticism against a Japanese government testing program that checks only selected products.
Following the nuclear disaster in Japan there has been a dramatic increase in the number of requests to perform Gamma Spectroscopy analyses. In response, EMSL Analytical is pleased to announce that they are now accepting radiological samples to test food products, soils, vegetation and water matrices. Some samples are able to be processed in as short as one day. The ability to measure Gamma isotopes that may have been released from the Japanese nuclear power plant allows EMSL to measure for things such as Cesium-134, Cesium-137, Iodine-131 and other radioactive elements.
“EMSL is pleased to be able to expand our offerings for analyzing radioactive samples,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL. “In addition to this most recent offering by EMSL Analytical, the laboratory announced last year that it was accepting samples for polarized light microscopy (PLM) for radioactive asbestos samples. This service is essential for analyzing samples from facilities that contained radioactive materials, such as nuclear power plants and nuclear powered naval vessels that are being remediated to remove hazardous asbestos containing materials,” he continued.
EMSL Analytical has been offering environmental testing services since 1981. The company has over 30 laboratories across the United States and Canada that offer a variety of environmental testing services and sampling supplies and products.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 39 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in radiological, consumer product, environmental, industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, microbiology, radon, food and materials testing services to professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP, NVLAP, CDC Elite, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations.
About EMSL Products Division
The EMSL Products Division has more than 40 years of technical experience and IAQ Product knowledge in the IAQ Industry. EMSL is an authorized distributor for manufacturers of air sampling pumps, equipment, sampling cassettes and monitoring equipment. To contact EMSLs Product Division. Email Products@EMSL.com or call 1-888-958-8170 East Coast, 1-866-798-1089 West Coast.
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