Japan:Fukushima hay tests high for cesium
Laaska News July 15,2011
Fukushima Prefecture says hay found with radioactive cesium far exceeding safety limits had been left outdoors for at least 4 days after the March 11th disaster.
It says the hay was collected from 7 farms in Shirakawa, a city about 80 kilometers southwest of the crippled nuclear power plant. Tests found up to 97,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram of hay — 73 times the government-set safety limit.
The city lies outside the government-designated evacuation zone.
The hay was later wrapped and stored inside a barn in the city. A farm in Asakawa Town, located near the power plant, bought the hay in early April and fed it to its cattle.
42 head of cattle from the farm were sent to meat-processing plants in Yokohama, Tokyo, Sendai and Chiba, between April 8th and July 6th.
The local government is investigating the hay’s distribution channel and storage conditions.