Radionuclides in the Food Chain

  • John H. Harley
  • Gail D. Schmidt
  • Giovanni Silini
Conference proceedings

Part of the ILSI Monographs book series (ILSI MONOGRAPHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. Zifferero
      Pages 3-9
  3. Fundamental Information

  4. Environmental Pathways Critical to Humans

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Yu. A. Izrael, V. N. Petrov
      Pages 87-98
    3. R. J. Pentreath
      Pages 99-119
    4. Y. Yamamoto
      Pages 120-132
    5. R. M. Barkhudarov, V. A. Knizhnikov, N. Y. Novikova, E. V. Petukhova
      Pages 133-135
  5. Consequences of Radionuclide Release to Health, Safety, and the Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. H. J. Dunster
      Pages 147-156
    3. T. M. Gerusky
      Pages 157-171
    4. M. W. Carter, L. Hanley
      Pages 172-194
  6. Effects of Radionuclides in Food and Water Supplies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. K. Sankaranarayanan
      Pages 236-263
    3. E. D. Rubery
      Pages 264-281
  7. Risk Management of Food and Water Supplies

  8. Development of Guidelines for Safety Evaluation of Food and Water After Nuclear Accidents

  9. Regulatory and Control Programs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 407-407
    2. R. J. Ronk, P. Thompson
      Pages 409-420
    3. E. Somers, M. B. Cooper, D. P. Meyerhof
      Pages 447-452
  10. Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 473-473
    2. W. K. Sinclair
      Pages 475-484
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 485-518

About these proceedings


The Symposium on Radionuclides in the Food Chain, sponsored by the Interna­ tional Life Sciences Institute in association with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, was intended to bring together policymakers and other representatives of the food industry with radiation experts involved in measuring and assessing radioactivity in foodstuffs. The symposium was made timely by the problems arising from the nuclear reactor accident at Chernobyl, in the USSR, which brought out the lack of international agreement on guidance for responding to such radionuclide contamination of food and foodstuffs. The presentations by the radiation experts covered the sources of radionu­ clides-natural radioactivity, fallout from nuclear weapons tests, routine releases from nuclear facilities, and various nuclear accidents. The speakers represented a broad distribution in both scientific disciplines and international geographic origin. They summarized the available data on measurements and indicated the current procedures for assessing radiation exposure. It was hoped that the food industry representatives would bring out the problems posed to industry and governments by the presence of radioactivity in food.


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Editors and affiliations

  • John H. Harley
    • 1
  • Gail D. Schmidt
    • 2
    • 3
  • Giovanni Silini
    • 4
  1. 1.HobokenUSA
  2. 2.US Food and Drug AdministrationCenter for Devices and Radiological HealthRockvilleUSA
  3. 3.PotomacUSA
  4. 4.United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)Vienna International CenterViennaAustria

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