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Radioactive rice crop in Japan

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Unsafe levels of radioactive caesium have been detected in a rice crop harvested around 60km from the dilapidated Fukishima nuclear plant.

(CS) Unsafe levels of radioactive caesium have been detected in a rice crop harvested around 60km from the dilapidated Fukishima nuclear plant.

While the crop did not reach markets, the incident is only one in a series of scares over radioactive pollution of food stuff. Previous tests of rice crops had remained just below the 500 Becquerel limit. The rise from Onami measured 630 Becquerel.

A government spokesperson announced that a ban on rice deliveries from the area was being considered.

In the meantime Japanese scientists have voiced concerns over the levels of caesium 137 found in the ground in areas surrounding the Fukushima plant.

In Fukushima itself the 5000 Bequerel per kilogram of soil has been surpassed, while surrounding provinces show levels only slightly below the safety level, calling for more detailed tests.