JAPAN | Radioactive contaminated beef found in Shizuoka

Posted on July 12, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 12 July 2011

Radioactive cesium above the government’s standard level has been found in more beef from Fukushima Prefecture.

The meat was sold in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan and some of it has already been consumed.

The meat comes from a cow raised on a farm in Minamisoma City, near the troubled Fukushima Daiichi
nuclear power plant.

Above normal levels of radioactive cesium have also been found in 11 other head of cattle from the same farm
after they were brought to a slaughterhouse in Tokyo.

Officials of Shizuoka City, more than 300 kilometers from Minamisoma City, say a meat-packing company bought 27 kilograms of the beef on June 10th.

13 kilograms have already been sold to restaurants in the city. In an inspection, Shizuoka City detected 1,998 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, 4 times higher than the government’s standard.

The remainder, 14 kilograms of beef from Minamisoma was purchased by a meat dealer and sold by retailers or consumed at restaurants.

Tokyo, Kanagawa and 3 other prefectures also have found that meat from 6 head of cattle raised by the same producer was sold to some local dealers.

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