An oats sample, imported from Japan and collected recently from an Australian retail outlet during surveillance, has been found to have a low level of radioactivity, a spokesman for the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has said.
However, there is no health concern in consuming the affected product.
The CFS spokesman said: "The oats sample was collected from a local supermarket for radiation testing under the regular Food Surveillance Programme.
"The test result showed that a low level of a radioactive substance, Caesium-137 (Cs-137), was detected at 7 Bq/kg. However, the detected level did not exceed the guideline levels of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (i.e. 1,000 Bq/kg)."
Dietary exposure estimation showed that an internal dose of Cs-137 at even a high consumption of the oats sample (about 90g of oats daily) would not have adverse health effects.
Therefore the supermarket concerned was not ordered to recall the product but was informed of the test result, the spokesman said.
Nevertheless, in view of public concern about radioactivity in food products following the nuclear power plant incident at Fukushima in March last year, the CFS has announced the test results.
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