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New Plate Will Display Food’s Radiation Levels

Food Lovers, Travel News — By christinegarvin on May 16, 2011 at 10:39 am
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All those worried about radiation levels in seafood (at home or while traveling) after the disaster in Japan can breathe a sigh of relief: their sushi is safe.

Well, at least they can tell if it has too much radiation in it, according to TreeHugger. All thanks to a new plate from designer Nils Ferber.

Although it’s not yet on the market, worries about the levels of radiation in fish could eventually be calmed with the Fukushima Plate, which has a built-in radioactive meter that will alert you to a food’s level of contamination. First you set the value of radiation that you’re okay with (yes, you read that right), and once you put the food on the plate, one, two, or three rings will appear around the edges in order to show you the level of radiation. We’re guessing three rings is bad?

Image: CytecK/Flickr

Sure, there are certain issues at stake. Do you really want to find out if your food’s radiation levels are too high after you’ve already brought it home from the store? What about at restaurants? Do you whip the plate out and switch it ninja-style when your waitress turns away from the table?

Most importantly, what if the radiation levels are super high? Didn’t you already touch the food with your hands? And don’t eat too close to the TV when using this plate. There might end up being some issues.

There’s also the issue that most imported foods are irradiated, especially spices. Pile a few of these foods together on this plate and you have a radioactive masterpiece.

Then there’s the other ways we have to worry about radiation seeping into our bodies besides food. Our handy cell phones, which of course we hold next to our brains, and often in our pockets near our reproductive parts, emit the glorious substance. You can check your cell phone radiation levels at Know Your Cell. Plus there’s the favorite of the fast chef: the microwave. Looks like Align Life also offers a home kit for testing radiation leaks from your microwave for the bargain price of just $9.99.

 

Tags: cell phone radiation, Japan earthquake, radiation levels in food, radiation poisoning, sushi

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