Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Contaminated beef in Japan: more than 400 animals affected

The obsession of beef contaminated with nuclear disaster spread Fukushima in Japan after the discovery on Monday that more than four hundred oxen seven farms in the affected region had crossed the country after they had eaten contaminated hay. Four hundred and eleven head of cattle from the same region were sent to six other regions, including that of Tokyo, between March 28 and July 6, according to the prefectural authorities.

Until now, the Japanese knew that meat from one hundred thirty-two head of cattle who ate hay contaminated with high levels of cesium was transported in several parts of the country, local media reported. Forty-seven prefectures, thirty-six received meat from infected animals. Contaminated meat has, it seems, was consumed in thirty-one prefectures had told the TV station NHK.

Tokyo supermarkets have placed signs to alert customers to the risk of contaminated meat. The Japanese government should ban all shipments of meat Tuesday from the Fukushima prefecture, where is located the nuclear accident. Fukushima Daiichi plant has had on March 11 the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl (Ukraine) in 1986.

Large amounts of radiation were released into the atmosphere, soil and water in the region. The authorities in Tokyo announced that it has detected a rate of radioactive cesium 650 becquerels per kilogram - against a permissible limit of 500 becquerels - in the meat of an ox comes in the capital.

The authorities had recently announced that seventeen infected cattle from another farm, located just Minamisoma outside the exclusion zone of 20 km around the plant accident, had been sold and partly eaten in various regions of Japan, including Tokyo. More than four months after the nuclear incident, Japan has not yet established centralized control of radioactivity in food, relying on tests conducted by the prefectures and municipalities.

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