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Japan:Cesium-contaminated mushrooms served in food

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Laaska News  Nov. 5 ,2011
Radioactive cesium exceeding the government standard has been found in mushrooms grown at a facility in Yokohama City, near Tokyo. About 800 people were served food containing the mushrooms from March through October.

The city says high levels of radioactive cesium were found in dried shiitake mushrooms harvested in both months. The contamination is believed to have been caused by the Fukushima nuclear accident.

The contamination in March was up to 2,770 becquerels of cesium per kilogram; in October, 955 becquerels per kilogram.

Each exceeded the government’s standard of 500 becquerels.

The facility checked the mushrooms for radioactive contamination this week after concerned citizens inquired about possible contamination in food served there.

Yokohama is around 250 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The mushrooms were reportedly not sold on the market.


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