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16 March 2011

Japan radioactivity could enter food chain

Radioactive materials spewed into the air by Japan's earthquake-crippled nuclear plant may contaminate food and water resources, putting children and foetuses at risk of cancer.

Radioactive materials spewed into the air by Japan's earthquake-crippled nuclear plant may contaminate food and water resources, with children and unborn babies most at risk of possibly developing cancer.

"The explosions could expose the population to longer-term radiation, which can raise the risk of cancer. These are thyroid cancer, bone cancer and leukaemia. Children and foetuses are especially vulnerable," said Lam Ching-wan, chemical pathologist at the University of Hong Kong.

 
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