Iodine contamination of the food chain by iodine-131
During the hours and days following an accidental release, inhalation of radioactive iodines is the primary route of assimilation. Then it is through food and especially milk contamination that it occurs. Inhalation risk is reduced by wearing masks, closing windows and staying indoors. Afterwards, it is through food and especially milk that it occurs. Milk contamination is avoided by returning the cows to the barn and feeding them with uncontaminated fodder. Fresh milk. should be avoided, especially for children, (Source G.Gerber)
IRSN/dessin : Martine Beugin