JAPAN | Yokohama checks school lunches for radiation

Posted on June 16, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | Thursday, June 16, 2011 18:09 +0900 (JST)

Yokohama City, located hundreds of kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, has begun radiation testing of vegetables for school lunches.

The city started the tests on Thursday in response to parents’ concerns about whether food served in school is safe for their children, given the widespread fallout from the Fukushima plant.

Yokohama plans to test one type of vegetable per day before using it the next day. The city also plans to release the test results on its website.

On Thursday, technicians at a lab in the city cut up 2 kilograms of green peppers and put them in a machine for measuring radiation.

A city official says all food purchased by the city is safe for children, but that it decided to conduct the tests to reassure parents.

Several other municipalities in Tokyo and surrounding areas have already started or plan to soon start similar tests.

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