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Journal:   INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION RESEARCH   WINTER 2006 , Volume 4 , Number 3; Page(s) 149 To 153.
 
Paper: 

ASSESSMENT OF RADIONUCLIDES IN IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS IN IRAN

 
 
Author(s):  HOSSEINI T.*, FATHI VAND A.A., BARATI H., KARIMI M.
 
* NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, MATERIAL RESEARCH SCHOOL, NATIONAL RADIATION PROTECTION DEPARTMENT, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background: Knowledge of radioactivity levels in human diet is of particular concern for the estimation of possible radiological hazards to human health. However, very few surveys of radioactivity in food have been conducted in Iran; therefore the baseline values of the natural radionuclides concentration (40K, 226Ra and 232Th), and man made radionuclide, 137Cs, were determined in twenty six samples of imported foodstuff in Iran.
Materials and Methods: Twenty six samples of different kinds of imported foodstuff were selected for analysis. These samples, after pretreatment and washing (if necessary), were measured by a low level gamma spectrometry system.
Results: All samples were found to contain detectable 40K content in range 6.4 to 778.4 Bq.kg-1 fresh weights (fw). 137Cs, 226Ra and 232Th were detectable in most of the samples. The maximum concentration of 40K, 226Ra and 232Th were found in tea sample, equal to 778.4±23.4, 2.9±0.1 and 5.4±0.2 Bq.kg-1 (fw), respectively, where as for 137Cs it was 3.2±0.1 Bq.kg-1 (fw) in milk powder.
Conclusion: The concentrations of 40K and 137Cs in different imported foodstuff are comparable with those from the other countries yet 232Th concentration is higher than the reported values. Also, 226Ra results appear to be higher than the reported values in some cases.

 
Keyword(s): NATURAL AND MAN MADE RADIONUCLIDES, IMPORTED FOODSTUFFS, ACTIVITY CONCENTRATION, GAMMA SPECTROMETRY
 
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