06 May '11, 3pm

Dutch find radioactivity in container from Japan

THE HAGUE - DUTCH customs officials found higher than allowed radioactivity levels in a container that arrived by ship from Japan eight weeks after the Fukushima nuclear accident, a spokesman said Friday. 'Traces of radioactivity were detected on the exterior of the container, but none in the cargo itself,' customs spokesman Gera van Weenum told AFP, adding the levels exceeded the maximum authorised of four becquerel, but were not dangerous. 'There were spots of radioactivity of up to 33 becquerel, but the average was six becquerel,' said the spokesman. The contamination was detected on Thursday as the container passed through standard security checks at the port of Rotterdam, and was then sent for a second, more thorough inspection before being put on a truck to its final destination, a Dutch importer. The container was cleaned on its arrival there, after which the import...

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