JAPAN | Radioactive contamination tests begin on Chiba rice

Posted on August 5, 2011

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JAPAN | MAINICHI | 5 August 2011

Chiba Prefectural employees thresh sheaves of rice in the town of Tako in preparation for radioactive contamination tests. (Mainichi)

Chiba Prefectural employees thresh sheaves of rice in the town of Tako in preparation for radioactive contamination tests. (Mainichi)

As the Fukushima nuclear crisis continues and incidents of radioactive contamination have hit sectors across Japan’s agricultural industry, Chiba Prefecture has begun testing this year’s rice crops for radioactive substances.

The testing began on Aug. 4 — a day when relatively high atmospheric radiation levels were detected — in the town of Tako, which produces both regular and early-harvest rice. Prefectural employees took about 75 early-harvest rice sheaves to collect grain samples. Test results are expected by about Aug. 10.

Authorities will conduct post-harvest radiation tests in 53 municipalities, in addition to pre-harvest surveys in all 17 municipalities in the prefecture where atmospheric radiation levels of 0.15 microsieverts or more per hour have been detected.

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