Tonight I tested turkey hot dogs bought at a store in West Los Angeles. Spot detecting with the Inspector yielded what seemed to be elevated ionization. Taking into account the instrument’s 15% margin of error, according to the manufacturers, the detection warranted a deeper investigation.
Before testing, I took an Interior 10-minute average completed at 6:55 pm of 391 ionizing events detected by the Inspector or 39.1 Counts Per Minute (CPM).
I then completed a ten minute average of the franks with their thick plastic packaging still intact which had the undesired result of eliminating any possible alpha radiation emitters thereby possibly skewing the results lower than if I had tested the wieners out of the package. I didn’t want to open the package in case I would return them to the store for a refund.
The hot dog average total was 457 counts or 45.7 CPM. This is 16.9% above the previous background at 7:35 pm.
Investigating the contents of the turkey, nothing stood out as radioactive with the possibility of three substances I wasn’t fully up to speed on: potassium lactate, sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrite. These chemicals appear non-radioactive.
At 7:50 pm, I took another ten-minute average which was 38.5 CPM. The hot dogs, in their packaging, tested 18.7% higher than this subsequent averaging.
This is a significant amount of radiation over what one would expect buying these turkey hot dogs, the amount exceeding the Inspector’s margin of error twice. One would expect the product, unless “naturally” radioactive like bananas and brazil nuts, to not ionize at all. The danger of possible contamination of these hotdogs is digesting radiation like Cesium-137 with a half life of 30.17 years, the same poison found in CalPoly dairy farm milk June 14 at an amount a fraction under what for drinking water would be the Maximum Contamination Level.
These HOT dogs packed a little more punch than I had bargained for.