By Andrea Thompson
SHELLFISH from Cumbria, the Solway Firth and Morecambe Bay could be banned under new international food safety regulations.
The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned that lobsters, cockles and scallops from the north west of England and the south west of Scotland are so contaminated with plutonium discharges from Sellafield that they will breach limits due to be introduced by the United Nations next year.
The UN’s Codex Alimentarius – which brings together the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization – is proposing a safety limit for plutonium in food of one becquerel per kilogram (1Bq/kg).
The aim is to reduce the long-term risk of getting cancer from eating these foods to below one in a million.

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