Investigations of the use of clay minerals and prussian blue in reducing the transfer of dietary radiocaesium to milk

Investigations of the use of clay minerals and prussian blue in reducing the transfer of dietary radiocaesium to milk

Two experiments were performed with lactating dairy cattle to assess the efficacy of clay minerals and Prussian Blue (AFCF form) in controlling the transfer of dietary radiocaesium to milk. In Experiment 1, bentonite was included in the diet at 0, 300, 600 and 900 g d-1 and the transfer of radiocaesium from silage to milk was determined.

Bentonite inclusion significantly (P less than 0.001) depressed the transfer of radiocaesium to milk with no benefit in increasing the dietary inclusion above 600 g d-1 when a 73% reduction was observed. In Experiment 2, the effectiveness of bentonite (300 g d-1), clinoptilolite (300 g d-1) and Prussian Blue (3 g d-1) as dietary additives was compared. All treatments significantly (P less than 0.001) depressed the transfer of dietary radiocaesium to milk.

Clinoptilolite was less effective than bentonite and both treatments were considerably less effective than Prussian Blue, the reductions being 35%, 62% and 85% respectively.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2814463