Software development for estimating the concentration of radioactive cesium in the skeletal muscles of cattle from blood samples

Tomokazu Fukuda, Masahiro Hiji, Yasushi Kino, Yasuyuki Abe, Hideaki Yamashiro, Jin Kobayashi, Yoshinaka Shimizu, Atsushi Takahashi, Toshihiko Suzuki, Mirei Chiba, Kazuya Inoue, Yoshikazu Kuwahara, Motoko Morimoto, Masafumi Katayama, Kenichiro Donai, Hisashi Shinoda, Tsutomu Sekine, Manabu Fukumoto, Emiko Isogai

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Abstract

The 2011 earthquake severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP), resulting in the release of large quantities of radioactive material into the environment. The deposition of these radionuclides in rice straw as livestock feed led to the circulation of contaminated beef in the market. Based on the safety concern of the consumers, a reliable method for estimating concentrations of radioactive cesium in muscle tissue is needed. In this study, we analyzed the concentrations of radioactive cesium in the blood and skeletal muscle of 88 cattle, and detected a linear correlation between them. We then developed software that can be used to estimate radioactive cesium concentrations in muscle tissue from blood samples. Distribution of this software to the livestock production field would allow us to easily identify high-risk cattle, which would be beyond the safety regulation, before shipping out to the market. This software is planned to be released as freeware. This software would contribute to food safety, and aid the recovery of the livestock industry from the damage creacted by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)842-847
Number of pages6
JournalAnimal Science Journal
Volume87
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1

Keywords

  • Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
  • estimation program
  • food safety
  • radioactive cesium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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