team of scientists have unveiled a vodka which has been produced using grains and water from the Chernobyl exclusion zone, which they claim is completely safe to drink.
Professor Jim Smith, from the University of Portsmouth in South England, assured that the ATOMIK drink is no more dangerous than any other alcoholic drink.
The drink is the first consumer product to have come out of the forbidden zone in the Ukraine since the nuclear catastrophe occurred in Ukraine in 1986.
“Strontium-90 is slightly above the cautious Ukrainian limit of 20 Bq/kg,” a University of Portsmouth spokesperson said.
“But, because distilling reduces any impurities in the original grain, the only radioactivity the researchers could detect in the alcohol is natural Carbon-14 at the same level you would expect in any spirit drink.”
The team said they diluted the distilled alcohol with mineral water from a deep aquifer from the town of Chernobyl, which was also found to be free from contamination. Smith said the water has similar chemistry to groundwater in the Champagne region of France.
“This is no more radioactive than any other vodka,” Smith told the BBC.
The vodka was the result of three-years’ worth of research into the transfer of radioactivity to crops grown in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Smith said he hopes that ATOMIK could pave the way towards further helping the communities around the abandoned zone.
“We don’t think the main Exclusion Zone should be extensively used for agriculture as it is now a wildlife reserve,” Smith said. “But there are other areas where people live, but agriculture is still banned.”
“33 years on, many abandoned areas could now be used to grow crops safely without the need for distillation.
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