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Belgium distributes iodine pills in case of nuclear accident

BRUSSELS: Belgium began Monday to make iodine pills available free to its 11 million people in case of an accident at its ageing nuclear plants but said there was no "specific risk." The government also launched a website in the country's official languages French, Dutch and German to tell people what to do in an emergency as it began implementing plans announced two years ago. Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said his government aimed to "properly inform" the public but said the plans were preventative. "For…

Consumers of milk-alternative drinks may be at of risk iodine deficiency: study

Consumers of milk-alternative drinks may be at of risk iodine deficiency, according to the findings of a new study in the British Journal of Nutrition. In the first study of its kind in the United Kingdom, researchers from the University of Surrey examined the iodine content of 47 milk-alternative drinks (including soya, almond, coconut, oat, rice, hazelnut and hemp, but excluding those marketed specifically at infants and children) and compared it with that of cows’ milk. Researchers discovered that the majority of…

Radioactive leak at Norway nuclear reactor

OSLO: A nuclear research reactor in Norway suffered a minor radiation leak that is not believed to pose a threat to public health or the environment, Norwegian authorities said on Tuesday.  The leak of radioactive iodine happened on Monday at the Institute for Energy Technology in Halden, in the country's southeast, the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) said in a statement on its website. "The leak of radioactivity was due to a technical failure when handling nuclear fuel inside the reactor hall. The amount…