David, from South Korea, previously informed us in this blog about the discovery of contaminated goat milk from New Zealand. Security Tokyo has tested yogurt base from New Zealand, and has measured 0.37 Bq/kg of cesium-137 in it.
The yogurt manufacturer, EasiYo Products Ltd, states that:
“New Zealand is known globally as a clean green country, producing premium quality, wholesome food. We’re especially famous for our premium dairy products.
EasiYo Yogurt Bases are made with the finest quality milk powder available. Milk powder that’s derived from free range cows, grazing the most fertile pastures on our independant farms on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
This area is known locally as ‘Godzone’, because of its untouched natural beauty, and perfect farming climate.
We are very proud of this region, and it’s a primary reason our milk powder products are so special…
Our specialized, purpose-built plant in Auckland, New Zealand operates in a filter-cleaned atmosphere under positive pressure, which is humidity and temperature controlled.”
The yogurt was processed in a filtered atmosphere in New Zealand, so it is unlikely that the cesium was picked up in processing.
Dairy products in the southern part of the southern hemisphere are now contaminated with radiation.
Security Tokyo also found 1.2 Bq/kg of cesium-137 in maple sugar from Quebec, Canada.