Japan Finds Radiation In Rice, More Tests Planned
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September 26, 2011
Japan is ordering more tests on rice growing near a
crippled nuclear plant after finding elevated levels of
radiation, government officials said Saturday.
A sample of unharvested rice contained 500 becquerels of
cesium per kilogram, they said.
Radioactive cesium was spewed from the Fukushima Dai-ichi
nuclear power plant after it was damaged by a massive
earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
Under Japanese regulations, rice with up to 500
becquerels of cesium per kilogram is considered safe for
Officials have tested rice from more than 400 spots in
Fukushima prefecture. The highest level of cesium previously
found was 136 becquerels per kilogram, prefectural official
Kazuhiko Kanno said.
News of the elevated radiation level in rice from
Nihonmatsu city, 35 miles west of the nuclear plant, set off
alarm in the Japanese media.
The government has been testing vegetables and fish for
radiation since the disaster, in which backup generators and
cooling systems failed at the plant and the cores of three
nations have stopped importing some food products from
Japan. Japanese consumers are nervous about radiation, but
campaigns to buy from Fukushima have drawn support around