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Radioactive Fruit Found in Moscow

April 27, 1999

MOSCOW (AP) _ Health inspectors in Moscow markets have found radioactive cranberries, apparently infected by lingering radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

A total of 1,450 pounds of cranberries were confiscated and destroyed after inspectors said they contained highly radioactive cesium, according to a report in the English-language Moscow Times. The contaminated berries looked and tasted like normal fruit.

Many of the berries came from Ukraine and Belarus, the report said.

Large parts of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia were hit by radioactive fallout after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, the world’s worst nuclear accident.

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