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Japan:More beef cattle fed with contaminated hay

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Laaska News  July 16,2011

Fukushima Prefecture has identified 5 additional farms where straw contaminated with high levels of radioactive cesium was used as cattle feed.

The prefecture says 84 cows that ate contaminated straw were shipped to markets across 5 prefectures, including Tokyo, between late March and mid-July.

The straw was found to contain radioactive cesium up to 379 times above safety standards.

Fukushima Prefecture has conducted on-site inspections at the farms and asked them to stop shipping and transferring cattle on a voluntary basis.

It also ordered local authorities to trace back the meat and recall any products with excessive levels of radioactive contamination.
Fukushima Prefecture launched the inspections earlier this week after it emerged that contaminated straw had been used to feed cattle at one farm.

So far, an investigation has shown that meat from 42 animals raised at the farm was sold to wholesale dealers and supermarkets across 30 prefectures. At least 1,700 kilograms of meat have already been consumed.



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