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Indian Journal of Physics

, Volume 83, Issue 7, pp 1045–1050 | Cite as

Uranium analysis in some food samples collected from Bathinda area of Punjab, India

  • Mukesh KumarEmail author
  • Sangeeta Prasher
  • Surinder Singh
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Abstract

To strengthen the radiation protection infrastructure in Bathinda, the uranium concentration in daily diet of the residents has been measured and its associated radiation risks were estimated for the adult population. Food samples were collected from major cancer prone areas of the district, from which daily diets were prepared. These diet samples were analyzed using fission track technique. The measured values of the uranium content were found to vary from 0.38 mBq/g in mustard seeds to 4.60 mBq/g in wheat. In case of milk the uranium content is found to vary from 28.57–213.36 mBq/ℓ with mean concentration of 61.35 mBq/ℓ. This leads to a daily dietary intake of 0.90 Bq/day. The measured value of 0.90 Bq d−1, contributes to 1.12 mSv to the cumulative effective dose to the population. This dose is much large than the International Commission for Radiological Protection (ICRP) annual effective dose limit of 1 mSv for the general public [1]. Therefore, it would pose significant health hazard.

Keywords

Uranium intake cumulative dose risk assessments dose rate food stuffs 

PACS Nos

61.82.Pv 87.50.-a 87.52.Px 87.53.Rd 89.60.Gg 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mukesh Kumar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sangeeta Prasher
    • 2
  • Surinder Singh
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied ScienceRIMT-Institute of Engineering and TechnologyMandi GobindgarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsKanya Maha Vidyalaya, Vidyalaya MargJallandharIndia
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsGuru Nanak Dev UniversityAmritsarIndia

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