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105. The Becqurel Reindeer

This is a freezer of radioactive reindeer meat in slaughterhouse in Swedish Lapland. In Sweden the maximum radiation allowed in meat is 300 becquerels per kilo. Meat from reindeer feeding on lichen contaminated with cesium-137 from the Chernobyl cloud was measuring as high as 16,000 bequerels per kilo. Slaughterhouse workers refer to the radioactive carcasses as "the bacquerel reindeer." Harads Same-produktor, Harads, Lapland, Sweden. December 3, 1986.

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