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Panel tries to quantify radiation exposure risk via Asahi Japan Watch

July 22, 2011

Lifetime exposure to more than 100 millisieverts of radiation presents a significant risk of cancer, according to a preliminary finding of the Food Safety Commission reached at a meeting July 21.

The calculation includes radiation from food and external exposure.

The committee, established under the Cabinet Office, has been tasked by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to assess the effects of exposure on human health over a lifetime.

The committee will make its final decision as early as next week and will present it to the ministry.

On March 17, the ministry set provisional benchmarks, backed by the Food Sanitation Law, to restrict distribution of food contaminated by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant crisis.

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