Chef Eric Ripert Scans All Food With A Hand-Held Radiation Detector


Ripert is taking every precaution to screen out food contaminated by the nuclear disaster in Japan.

Dan Gould
  • 7 april 2011

Chef Eric Ripert is now scanning all food that comes into his kitchen with a hand-held radiation detector. From the New York Times:

“I just want to make sure whatever we use is safe,” said Mr. Ripert, whose staff is using the device to screen every item of food that enters the restaurant, regardless of its origin. He has also stopped buying fish from Japan, which means no high-quality, farm-raised hamachi and kampachi for raw seafood dishes.

“Nobody knows how the currents will carry the contaminated water,” he said.

Despite assurances by health officials that radiation from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan is unlikely to show up in the food supply, worries about contaminated foods are growing among consumers, businesses and governments across the globe.

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