Japan:More Fukushima rice tainted with cesium
Laaska news Nov. 25,2011
Fukushima Prefecture says it has found rice tainted with radioactive cesium above the tentative government limit from five more farms.
The prefecture said on Friday that the five farms are in the Oonami district of Fukushima City, about 56 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The highest level of cesium detected was 1,270 becquerels per kilogram. The government’s maximum allowable level is 500 becquerels per kilogram.
Earlier this month, the prefectural government found rice samples from a field in the district also containing radioactive cesium above the limit.
Shipments of rice harvested from the area have been suspended by central government since last Thursday.
Fukushima Prefecture subsequently ordered tests on rice samples from all 154 farms in the Oonami district.