UTSUNOMIYA — The Tochigi Prefectural Government on July 28 started sample tests on beef from all 1,890 farms in the prefecture for radiation at two food processing facilities.
The tests follow the discovery of radioactive cesium in beef exceeding the central government’s provisional limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram — a result of radiation leaks from the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in neighboring Fukushima Prefecture.
Under the prefectural government’s move, beef from one head of cattle from each farm will be tested. At a livestock processing public corporation in Utsunomiya on July 28, about 700 grams of beef was shaved off each dressed carcass. The meat will be sent to a private testing facility.
Meanwhile, Tochigi Gov. Tomikazu Fukuda on July 28 announced tests on the meat of every head of cattle.
In addition to the prefectural tests on beef from each farm, the Tochigi central agricultural cooperative association on July 28 started testing the meat of every head of cattle sold through agricultural cooperatives, in the Saitama Prefecture city of Wako and other areas.