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Information on the behaviour of strontium, caesium, ruthenium, plutonium and americium in a range of domestic animals is reviewed to form a basis for the specification of time-dependent mathematical models describing uptake, distribution and retention. Transfer factors relating concentration in animal product to daily radioactivity intake are derived after 100 d continuous intake and at equilibrium. These transfer factors are compared with the available published literature and used as a basis for the derivation of feed conversion factors relating limiting concentrations in animal feed to limiting concentrations in human foodstuffs for application to animals receiving commercial feed after a nuclear accident. Recommended transfer factors for animal products in conditions of continuous discharge and models for application to field conditions after a nuclear accident are also presented. Transfer of caesium to animal products is more effective than that for the other elements considered here. Transfer to meat of lamb, fattening pig, and chickens is generally more effective than that for other animals and other products.

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Authors: COUGHTREY P J, Associated Nuclear Services Ltd., Epsom (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12608 EN (1990) 145 pp., FS, ECU 12.50
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-1213-9
Record Number: 199010644 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en