Munich - More than three decades after the Chernobyl reactor disaster, individual wild mushroom species in Bavaria are still heavily contaminated with radioactive cesium.
Exceptionally highly contaminated regions are smaller forest areas in the Bavarian Forest, in the Donaumoos near Ingolstadt, in the Berchtesgadener Land and in the Mittenwald region, as the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) announced today. This affects varieties such as bun mushrooms, ivory and brown sliced snails and chestnut boletus.
“In extreme cases, contains single meal these mushrooms have more cesium-137 than one consumes with other foods from agricultural production in whole year ”, said Inge Paulini, President of the BfS. If you want to keep your personal radiation exposure as low as possible, you should not eat heavily contaminated types of mushrooms from higher contaminated regions.
Wild mushrooms in stores are harmless
Consumers who buy wild mushrooms in stores would have to have no concerns about high levels of radiation exposure, as wild mushrooms must not exceed the limit of 600 Becquerel per kilogram of fresh mass. Compliance is checked by the official food control in random samples.
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After the disaster in the nuclear power plant in Ukraine in 1986, the areas in Bavaria were polluted ten times more severely than, for example, northern Germany. Because of its half-life of around 30 years, cesium-137 has so far only decayed half.