Vol. 8, 2023

Radiation Protection


Aishah Alboloushi, Omar Alboloushi

Pages: 5-7

DOI: 10.37392/RapProc.2023.02

Polonium-210 and uranium were monitored in most consumed vegetables and fruits in Kuwait following two validated procedures (radiochemical separation and then measurements using alpha spectrometry). The highest 210Po activity concentration was found in dates and bananas (111.4±25 and 107±16 mBq/kg respectively), while the lowest was monitored in green pepper (12 ± 2 mBq/kg). Uranium radioisotopes were below minimal detectable activity (0.25 Bq/kg). The importance of the study can be linked to the high local consumption of imported fruits and vegetables from different countries with different nuclear histories in addition to the fact that most Kuwaitis are being vegetarians nowadays. Conclusively, radiological data for natural alpha emitters have been established for fruits and vegetables in Kuwait, and they were found to agree with international similar data confirming their radiological safety. Future studies will be done determining gamma emitters in fruits and vegetables, in addition to the seafood analysis because it is the 1st source of 210Po incorporation.
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