JAPAN | Tokyo parents demand safe school lunch

Posted on July 7, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | Thursday, July 07, 2011 02:57 +0900 (JST)

Parents of schoolchildren have petitioned the mayor of Tokyo’s most populous ward to take measures to secure the safety of school lunches.

They met Nobuto Hosaka, the chief of Setagaya ward, at the ward office on Wednesday to submit a letter of request and a list of signatures. The parents took the action amid rising concerns about school lunch safety among parents in the wake of the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

In their letter of request, the parents asked the ward to not only set up a checking system to detect radiation in vegetables, fish, milk and other foodstuffs used in school lunches but also to procure these items only from limited areas.

They handed the mayor a list of about 6,000 signatures in support of their requests.

The mayor told them that no milk has been found tainted with radiation so far and that the harvest areas of foodstuffs will be disclosed at all schools in the ward.

One of the parents said they cannot trust the safety of food, although the authorities have explained that the current provisional legal limit for radioactive substances in food are higher than in other countries. The parent said they all want the ward to set its own rules.

Hosaka said he understands the parents’ concerns and promised to convey their requests to the national government.

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