“After Chernobyl, Africans Ask if Food if Hot”, New York Times, 10 January 1988


          This article reports African accusations that food being imported from Europe and sold at low cost in Africa is or could have been contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986.  One reason for the persistence of such reports is the African conviction that Europeans have sold Africans shoddy goods for centuries, but there have been two known cases of attempts to ship radioactively contaminated powdered milk to Angola and Egypt.  The author stresses the point that many of these accusations are baseless and have been disproved  through testing. 


Jeremy Austin Purcell

8 March 2002