JAPAN | Expert: contaminated beef poses no problem

Posted on July 12, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 12 July 2011

An expert on nuclear medicine says eating meat contaminated with the radioactive substance cesium on a few occasions will not cause health problems.

Keigo Endo is the president of Kyoto College of Medical Science.

He says Japan’s safety limit for cesium is stricter than in the United States or Europe where a large amount of meat is consumed.

Endo says eating 500 grams of meat containing the safety limit of cesium for at least 200 days would add up to 1 millisievert of radiation.

However, he says the government should work out measures immediately to prevent beef containing cesium above the safety limit from reaching the market including stepping up checks.

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