Traces of radioactive iodine from Japan were detected in milk samples from California and Washington state – though officials say they pose no health threat.
The radioactive Iodine-131 that was detected in the milk was 5,000 times below levels of concern, said federal and state officials monitoring for contamination as the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that radiation was found in a March 25 milk sample from Spokane, Wash. The California Department of Public Health said on its website that a similar result was found March 28 at a dairy in San Luis Obispo County.
Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex began leaking radiation after it was damaged by a devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this month.
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