Japan’s Alcoholic Drinks To Be Tested
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Japan’s National Tax
Agency has announced it will undertake testing
of alcoholic beverages produced
near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for
Water samples used for
these different kinds of alcoholic beverages will be checked
if they contain radioactive cesium or iodine levels that
exceed the safety limit set by the government. Samples which
may be found to have these radioactive components above
government-set safety limit will be banned from shipment.
The tax agency may also direct local authorities to
undertake other appropriate measures.
The tax agency said
these beverages include beer, wine, and sake which are
produced in factories and breweries within the 150
kilometers of the nuclear plant. Those outside of this set
radius will still be tested randomly.
Testing of these various
types of alcoholic drinks will be done in stages,
one after the other. The schedule for testing of wines will
start in October, the sake in November, while the beer and
other kinds of liquor will be tested beginning February next
Taxation bureaus in six
cities including Tokyo and the National Research Institute
of Brewing will conduct the testing which will commence next
month and its results will be posted in the website of the
National Tax Agency.
Japan had earlier
conducted a testing of rice and barley, the main ingredients
for alcoholic drinks, for radiation contamination. The
government said another testing, this time of water samples
used for beverages, would help “put consumer at ease”.
The country is said to
have around 3,000 brewers of alcoholic beverages and about
one third of this figure would be put for testing for