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There may be traces of radioactive particles in your red wine

There may be traces of radioactive particles in your red wine”

Fukushima's nuclear signature found in California wine -The Japanese nuclear disaster bathed north America in a radioactive cloud.

French scientists from the National center for scientific research (CNRS) found in California, the fault traces of the accident at Fukushima.

The town of Namie was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear planet went into meltdown after the 2011 tsunami.

The researchers hoped to see whether they could find more particles of cesium-137, a radioactive isotope, in the wines made after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan melted down in 2011.

And there is still fallout from the disaster over seven years later -including traces of radiation in wine produced in California.

"We can measure some radioactive level that is much higher than the usual level", said Michael Pravikoff, a physicist at a French research centre who worked on the study.

The study echoes findings in other wine studies performed following past nuclear disasters.

According to Alix Martichoux of local news outlet SFGate, physicists initially attempted to analyze the 18 bottles of rosé and cabernet sauvignon with a gamma detector. In 2001, one of the researchers in this new effort discovered that he could date bottles of unopened wine by testing them for cesium-137 levels.

However, the contamination level was still "extremely low". It was originally invented to determine the authenticity of vintage wines. "These levels are so low, way below the natural radioactivity that's everywhere in the world".

As per this MIT report, radiation and wines are not too far from each other - nearly every bottle of wine that was made after 1952 contains some radioactive particles. The report, a department spokesperson said, "does not change that".



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