TOKYO – Sunday. The Japanese government announced that he would suspend this week deliveries of cattle fed with rice straw contaminated with radioactive elements from nuclear power plant in Fukushima.
The restrictions will affect the region of Fukushima Prefecture (northeastern Japan) where the rugged Central after the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. They could then be extended, said the Deputy Health Minister Kohei Otsuka on Sunday. “We may need to increase our response by controlling the distribution of contaminated hay,” he said during a television program.
According to a survey by the Asahi Shimbun, meat from cattle which have consumed contaminated hay was delivered in 29 prefectures in Japan. According to a census of the national news agency Kyodo, about 143 head of cattle in total were involved. According to Asahi Shimbun In both cases, the rate of radioactive cesium exceeding the authorized limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram have been detected in beef.
The company Aeon, one of the largest supermarket chains in Japan, acknowledged that they sold between late April and mid-June some 320kg of beef fed by contaminated hay. According to Aeon these cattle came from a farm in the prefecture of Fukushima. The meat was sold in 14 stores in Tokyo and around the capital. The company announced the introduction of controls of radioactivity.
Saturday, Fukushima Prefecture announced that 84 head of cattle from five farms had eaten contaminated rice straw. The analysis, according to the prefecture, revealed rates of cesium than 378 times the legal limit in hay collected from a farm in Koriyama, a city of the prefecture of Fukushima.
The farmers concerned have said that the Japanese government ignored requested March 19 producers not to feed their animals with plants stored outside. Fukushima Prefecture, admitted one of its leaders, has not successfully transmitted these national guidelines.