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SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 | By YOSHIO TAKAHASHI
TOKYO—Japan has detected high levels of radiation in rice
growing near the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, a
government official said Saturday.
A preparatory test ahead of the official examination of
the safety of rice in Nihonmatsu, a city about 30 miles west
of the stricken power plant, found that a sample of
unharvested rice contained 500 becquerels of cesium per
kilogram, the maximum permissible level, the Fukushima
Prefecture official said.
Rice with up to 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram is
considered safe for consumption, but shipments of rice
exceeding that level are banned in Japan.
The cesium level found in the rice sample in Nihonmatsu
is the highest discovered since the regulations were set in
April, and no rice shipments have been banned, an official
at Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
said. Rice with 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram still
can be shipped.
Fukushima Prefecture will conduct the official tests of
rice for radiation in Nihonmatsu as soon as possible at 300
spots—many more than the initially planned 38 spots—as a a
result of the latest discovery. Preparatory tests are aimed
at determining how many spots rice should be tested in each
Fukushima has conducted more than 340 preparatory tests,
of which the highest level of cesium previously found was
136 becquerels per kilogram, the Fukushima prefectural
Fukushima is one of 17 prefectures in eastern Japan that
are testing rice for radiation, the ministry official said.
The safety of foods remains a major concern among
consumers after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crippled
Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power
plant, and the government has been testing vegetables and
fish, among other foods, for radiation.
Consumers are likely to be wary of purchasing rice tested
with the upper-limit level of cesium, given that rice is one
of Japan's staple foods.