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The unexpected dangers of mushroom hunting in France via The Local

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A study published on Monday revealed that mushrooms in the Rhône-Alpes region in south west France are still contaminated by radiation, due to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 30 years ago.

The news site France Bleu Drôme-Ardèche revealed that scientists had found traces of “Cesium 137” a radioactive element in 36 out of 38 samples.

Julien Syren who led the study said levels if Cesium 137 were higher than expected and it was not just due to the Chernobyl disaster but the nuclear tests of the 1950s and 1960s.

Syren said the levels are lower than 30 years ago but added that the level in some mushrooms tested were so high that if they had been imported from Japan, which experienced the Fukushima disaster in 2011, they would not have been allowed out of the country.

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