Japan’s health ministry has called on local governments across the country to prioritize checks for radioactive substances on beef over other food products.
The ministry issued the instruction after it found that at least 1,200 head of beef cattle fed with rice straw contaminated with higher radioactive cesium than the government-set standard were shipped nationwide.
Beef shipped from farms in Fukushima Prefecture was found to contain radioactive cesium in amounts higher than the government standard.
The ministry is asking local governments to promptly check radioactivity levels in the meat products because contaminated beef could possibly be held at wholesalers or retailers.
The ministry says it will take all possible measures to ease the anxiety of consumers over the contaminated beef.