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Beef ban extended to Tochigi Prefecture

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Tochigi Prefecture on Tuesday became the 4th prefecture to have beef shipments suspended due to the continuing nuclear crisis in Fukushima.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told a news conference that he had ordered the prefecture to suspend all shipments of beef after three head of cattle were found to be contaminated with radioactive cesium.

So far, beef shipments have been banned from Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures. Beef contamination has been shown to be as high as 2,300 becquerels per kilogram, compared to the government limit of 500 becquerels.

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I think Tochigi was so polluted by Isotopes and metals since March that any produce from most areas of the prefecture will turn out to be highly hazardous to human health.They should sue Tepco's pants off.

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Up to four now, and counting. Good luck Japan.

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No word on banning other meat products, fruit and veg?

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More will be added before this is all done, and all will have been added to late. Had they done more about this earlier that may not necessarily have been the case. Agree with Osakadaz that they should all sue the pants off TEPCO. Sadly, that will take years while they lose everything, and even then I suspect TEPCO will long before have filed for protection from creditors and declared bankruptcy.

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It grows. Suing, unfortunately, won't fix the land, but it may provide some relief to the families there... for a short period of time. Not sure what is left of those areas to stick around and rebuild for? Seems contamination has taken it's stranglehold on food and agriculture. Those poor people up there.

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For those of you who missed it (in another thread), here's a pdf from MEXT in english that gives the fallout by prefecture, typically measured at just one location in each prefecture:

http://www.mext.go.jp/component/a_menu/other/detail/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2011/07/29/1306949_072914.pdf

Highlights: Fallout in Fukushima and Miyagi is not reported, these are certainly No. 1 and possibly No. 2. In March, Ibaraki got the highest amount of Caesium, almost double that in Yamagata and Tokyo. Tochigi was next, but got the highest level of Iodine anywhere reported. In April, Ibaraki again got the highest reported levels, with Tochigi second, but these were much lower than in March. Fallout for May has not been reported.

It's not surprising Tochigi beef is contaminated. (Some) agricultural products from (parts of) Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Nagano and Shizuoka will be contaminated, the only question is at what level. And the real worry is the contamination that will be detected too late, or not at all, and the despicable attempts some will knowingly make to sell contaminated food.

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Yeah that is right..they found 100 bq/kg Cesium in leaf compost from Shizuoka today too.Only the Japan Alps seem to have really saved Western Japan from the worst of it.Although MAFF has okayed feeding animals Cesium hay if it is falls beneath 300? 400? bq/kg.....they are asking for more trouble as the Cesium is apparently concentrated in certain parts of the cows and there is no guarantee that the sample (if they take a sample) will prove anything.The Cesium found in another cut could be a few 100 Bq higher than the sampled meat, or the samples could show no cesium at all, or even show huge amounts when other cuts contain little cesium.

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Good news. Time to buy more yen.

Tip of the iceberg...

melguy: It's not surprising Tochigi beef is contaminated. (Some) agricultural products from (parts of) Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Nagano and Shizuoka will be contaminated, the only question is at what level. And the real worry is the contamination that will be detected too late, or not at all, and the despicable attempts some will knowingly make to sell contaminated food.

Don't worry. No immediate consequences on health according to the government.

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Time to leave Japan, everyone. Pack up your things, select another place to live, and fly off. Things here will not get better; everyone says they will surely get much, much worse. I suppose it won't be too long before the media begins announcing deaths caused by exposure or contamination. Not to paraphrase Andrea Bocceli, but it's... time to say goodbye - to Japan.

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The situation is getting worse every day. I need a PROZAC, PLEASE!!

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At some point, they're just going to have to raise the acceptable levels of radiation. Or I don't know, un-ban American beef.

It is sad that they're doing this by prefecture, which is almost arbitrary.

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I recommend this article...very interesting about what is going on regarding the testing of various foods, the way the farmers in Fukushima are dealing with it and which foods are high on the danger list etc. http://gendai.ismedia.jp/articles/-/13863 Kokusan is now generally a euphemism for foods of blended origin.Kids in Fukushima schools are eating about 40Bq a day JUST in their school lunches. After Chernobyl, Japan set the safety limit for vegies at a conservative 357 Bq/KG but for it's own vegies it has raised the bar to 500 Bq. The farmers are mostly using groundwater from wells to feed their animals.Some farmers in Fukushima are drawing water from a river in which fishing was banned due to radioactive toxicity.The farmers asked MAFF whether they were really OK to use this water on their rice crop but were not given an answer by the Ministry of Agriculture. Get this on page 5. Fukushima has 6 testing machines to test ALL the beef, rice and vegies and fish.... 6 testing machines! 6! Need I say more?

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