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Radioactivity

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 25 March 1987

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what restrictions are at present imposed, or have recently been imposed, on the movement, sale and consumption of animal and vegetable products, live or dead, as a direct or indirect result of radioactive contamination anywhere in the United Kingdom.

[pursuant to his reply, 24 March 1987]: In June and July 1986, restrictions were imposed on the movement and slaughter of sheep in parts of Cumbria, North Wales and Scotland. Today, less than 7 per cent. of the sheep originally subject to restriction remain under control. No restrictions have been imposed on other animals or foodstuffs since testing has shown radioactivity levels to be well below those at which precautionary action to protect public health would have been necessary.