One in two wild boars in Graubünden exceeds the admitted level of radioactivity, revealed the cantonal veterinarian, whose services have introduced a systematic control of slaughtered animals. The phenomenon can be blamed on the nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986. Thirty-four years after the disaster, traces of cesium-137, these radioactive particles that are measured in bécquerels per kilogram, are still present in the soil of several regions of Switzerland. Cesium-137, which had been propelled through the air, from Ukraine to Switzerland in particular, had particularly affected Ticino and Graubünden. This is why, since 2013, the cantonal veterinary service of Ticino has systematically examined all the wild boars slaughtered in the territory. In 2015, one of the 3 to 5% of hunted animals that exceeded the limit values set by the OSCE even reported a level of radioactivity eight times higher than the accepted threshold.
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