Japanese media announced yesterday that Fukushima rice that was previously declared “all safe” is now found to be not all safe. Harvest from farms around Fukushima City was found to be over the government limit of 500 bq/kg. The rice had not shipped. The government is now considering banning rice sales from Fukushima. This was almost expected when the government rushed to declare all Fukushima rice to be safe as they tested rice from areas far from the plant yet still in Fukushima prefecture. It smelled more like a publicity stunt than food testing and now has shown it was just that.
Grains in eastern Japan were tested by the government. Wheat in Fukushima was found to be contaminated. Beef in Iwaki prefecture is showing with cesium contamination that is below the government limit. The food situation in Japan is still tense. Some relief has been found as citizen groups and certain retailers do their own testing and bar the sale of items with contamination, even those well below the government limit.
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