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More time needed for confidence to return on Fukushima produce: Lam

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A few months ago, I went to donkey hotel to buy rice. One particular brand was much cheaper than the others, so I grabbed it. It wasn't until I got home that I realized it was from Fukushima prefecture. Not wanting to waste a whole bag of rice, we ate it. But I washed it thoroughly before cooking it.

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Can't blame them really. I live here and I avoid purchasing anything from there as well!

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Can't blame them. People aren't rushing to buy agricultural products from the Chernobyl area either.

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Right time in 25,000 years.

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to see when is the right time, especially (for) public acceptance," Lam said.

Why need to rush to consume Fukushima product? Do we run out of option to eat products from other area?

Japan pushing their Fukushima product abroad for example in Thai, even it meet with unhappy locals.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/14/national/organizers-cancel-bangkok-event-promote-fukushima-fish-groups-voice-safety-concerns/

or Philipines

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/06/06/japan-asks-ph-to-lift-ban-on-fukushima-products/

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Washing "should" be sufficient to rid the rice of any remaining alpha radiation that may be present after the rice is processed, if there ever was any.

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Eating or drinking produce grown by leaking melted down broken nuclear reactors isn’t recommended.

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Washing "should" be sufficient to rid the rice of any remaining alpha radiation that may be present after the rice is processed, if there ever was any.

Lol, now THAT'S hilarious!!!

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300 years should do the job

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Radioactivity is embedded within the matter for food. So no washing will ever do anything to reduce activity

At the end, it will all depends about quantity one eats that determines the radiation dose. The handling of rice itself will bring negligible radiation dose.

Knowing physics helps to understand the issue (half-life concept and so on...)

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Around 10 half lives of the radioactive isotopes sounds about right.

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The thing I hate is the “blame Fukushima food and fish image”. It is a real fact that eating beef, agriculture and seafood products will limit your life if exposed to a massive nuclear disaster. Fact. But ionizing radionuclides don’t just walk to the prefecture border and think to themselves, we are from Fukushima so we have no right to go Nigata or Gunma or Ibaraki.

Even shizoka tea was affected, thyroid cancer is increasing in Tokyo among children, plutonium on beaches in Ibaraki...

I have friends from Fukushima. It is like, just say bad things about fukushima and sweep the rest under the carpet. It is a Kanto, Tohoku major disaster.

as @johnathon said, small doses can probably be OK, as long as they are not alpha particles which are basically like bowling balls to every cell.

my point is, don’t just boycott Fukushima food, but all regional food affected equally, have sympathy for Fukushima people, and source food from all over japan.

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Can't blame them. People aren't rushing to buy agricultural products from the Chernobyl area either.

stated this exactly in a previous post, dont know why they continue to beat this dead horse, its going to take at least a generation for people to forget what happened at Fukushima. probably longer since Fukushima is only second to Chernobyl in terms of nuclear disasters

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Not wanting to waste a whole bag of rice, we ate it. But I washed it thoroughly before cooking it.

yep because washing it will wash away the radioactive isotopes that are present in the soil and the grains of rice itself.

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Look dad, neon green glowing food and 3 eyed fish. OISHISOU DESUNE!!!

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but if she's so certain that people won't buy, there's not actually a need for a ban, is there.....

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Lol, any food produced in Fukushima still 1000 times safer than any food produced in china!

This is just a trade barrier.

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Fukushima is a big place. Depending on prevalent wind patterns and distance, how do you know there was any radiation at all in the rice? Or in the rice produced in adjacent prefectures for that matter, should we stop eating Japanese rice all together?

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Exactly how do you know?

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More transparency is needed in the reports coming from Fukushima to rebuild consumer confidence. Having TEPCO continually lying about the severity of the meltdowns and their clean up efforts does nothing to inspire consumer confidence.

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I'd eat Fukushima produce because I'm old but would definitely warn my children away from it.

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Yesterday an acquaintance from Fukushima gave me some sembei. For a second this put me on the spot as I have never consciously eaten any Fukushima produce since the earthquake and tsunami. Needless to say I smiled and accepted and let her know it was good food. I admit that did do the risk calculation in my mind, though.

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I guess if you're really that seriously concerned about products coming from Fukushima, then you need to be wary of food source mislabelling too... Sourced in Fukushima, shipped over to Niigata / Ibraki, etc and packaged there as having come from there (the packaging at least).... I wonder if this sort of thing would actually happen, and how, you'd detect it for the products that you were purchasing ?

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