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Radioactive food warning for Northern Ireland fans in Belarus

Northern Ireland fans have been warned to avoid certain food that may still be radioactive after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they visit Belarus
Northern Ireland fans have been warned to avoid certain food that may still be radioactive after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they visit Belarus

By Staff Reporter

Northern Ireland fans have been warned to avoid certain food that may still be radioactive after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they visit Belarus.

Supporters have been told by the Foreign Office to stay away from milk, cheese, certain mushrooms and berries, as they may still carry high levels of radiation after the 1986 nuclear disaster in neighbouring Ukraine.

The travel advice to fans states: "Avoid certain foodstuffs including local dairy produce, forest mushrooms and fruits of the forest, which can carry high levels of radiation as a result of contamination from the 1986 accident at Chernobyl in Ukraine.

"Otherwise the risk of radioactive contamination from the Chernobyl site is insignificant. There is an exclusion zone immediately around the Chernobyl site, which includes the area close to the border with Ukraine in the south east of Belarus. You may find access to this part of the country is limited."

Next Tuesday's match against Belarus will be played in Borisov, around 280 miles from where the reactor exploded.

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