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Tuesday, July 24, 2018
CA wine seeing radioactive material from Japan
Some California wines are seeing elevated levels of a radioactive isotope emitted into the air from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.

Some California wines are being affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan.

That's when the Fukushima nuclear plant released the radioactive isotope Cesium 137 into the air.

A radioactive cloud later made it across the Pacific to California. French scientists now say some wines made after 2011 contain twice as much of that isotope than those made before that year.

But wine lovers don't fret - the levels are still far too low to present a serious threat to human health, experts say.