JAPAN | Ito-Yokado, Aeon supermarkets sell Fukushima beef

Posted on July 19, 2011

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JAPAN | MAINICHI | 19 July 2011

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Supermarket operator Ito-Yokado Co. said Monday it sold 41.7 kilograms of meat from a cow shipped from Fukushima Prefecture and contaminated with radioactive cesium at two of its outlets in Chiba Prefecture.

The company has decided to suspend sales of Fukushima-produced beef for the time being, it said. The beef in question was sold at its outlets in Narita and Nagareyama between July 1 and 10, according to Ito-Yokado.

Ito-Yokado said it will accept returns and provide refunds on the products.

Another supermarket operator, Aeon Co., said Monday it sold meat from cows shipped from three Fukushima cities — Koriyama, Kitakata and Soma — and given straw, some of which was contaminated with radioactive cesium.

Around 16.6 kg of meat were sold in Nagoya in April, and another 12.6 kg were sold in Sanda, Hyogo Prefecture, in May, according to Aeon.

Fukushima Prefecture hosts the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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