Iodine Pills

These arrived in the Post yesterday. We had been expecting them.


Every ten years the government sends out iodine tablets to people who live within 50 kilometers of one of Switzerland’s five nuclear reactors. It used to be people within 20 km, but after the Fukushima accident, they decided to expand the area. The power companies are footing the bill. Potassium iodide helps prevent radioactive iodine from becoming absorbed by the thyroid. These pills have a 10-year shelf life.

Also, as a result of the Fukushima accident, the Swiss are going to phase out their nuclear plants.

I assume we will leave these tablets for the next residents of this flat. There certainly weren’t any here when we arrived, though.


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