Nuclear safety authorities have warned consumers not to eat produce or dairy from the south of Belgium after an iodine leak from a nuclear research institute may have contaminated nearby horticulture.
 
Last week, a leak of radioactive iodine gas from the Institut des Radioelements laboratory in Fleurus sparked the alert.

Describing the leak as "serious", the Belgian nuclear control agency warned consumers not to eat locally-grown fruit, vegetables or dairy products.

"This measure was taken as a precaution. We are still measuring samples from the environment, but our tests have found that food produced in a three-kilometre radius is safe to consume. While the results are OK they have still decided to tell people not to eat local foods," a spokesperson for the Institut des Radioelements told just-food.

The Institut des Radioelements laboratory halted production after last week's leak.

The institute produces radioisotopes for medical imaging and the treatment of cancer.