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Germany's wild boars still radioactively contaminated over 20 years after Chernobyl accident: report

English.news.cn   2012-12-13 06:49:30            

MUNICH, Germany, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Even more than 20 years after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, wild boars in Germany are still heavily radioactively contaminated, local media reported on Wednesday.

Citing the newly released annual report of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, local media said wild boars in the south and southeast of Bavaria State are particularly affected.

The cesium in the animal's meat here is partially more than 16,000 becquerels per kilogram, while the standard limit is 600 becquerels per kilogram, said the report.

The reason for the high level of radioactive contamination is a kind of truffle, a heavily contaminated mushroom which wild boars like to eat very much.

The deadly nuclear disaster in Chernobyl on April 26, 1986 spewed a cloud of radiation over much of the northern hemisphere.

Editor: yan
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