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Radioactive cesium found in rice straw fed to cattle in Mie

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Mie prefectural authorities said Friday that radioactive cesium had been found in rice straw fed to cattle at a ranch in Taiki town. Local government officials told a news conference that the straw had been procured from Miyagi Prefecture after the March 11 disaster.

Authorities said that about 70 head of cattle had already been shipped from the farm, but that meat tested in the prefecture's supermarkets had so far showed no signs of radiation.

Mie Prefecture is famous for Matsuzaka beef.

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News? not really, a kind of an advertisement for Matsuzaka Beef..

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News? not really...

I agree. These 6-8 line articles on topics people really want to know about are worse than useless. Someone said a lot of these are feeds from Kyodo news, and that complete articles cost more, requiring a more expensive subscription. Maybe that's true.

Since most of the readers are living in Japan, though, and since they are reading about the poisoning of their food supply, would it be possible and affordable to have these kinds of articles be full-length, and for other articles to be cut instead? I for one would appreciate that.

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but that meat tested in the prefecture’s supermarkets had so far showed no signs of radiation.

This made me laugh! If they ate it, they are irradiated.

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Good idea FarmBoy. Maybe they can do that for us.

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http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/iwate/news/20110723-OYT8T00030.htm Cesium now found in Iwate's Maezawa beef. http://www.town.okuma.fukushima.jp/grd_20110525.html 大熊町内 (okuma town) in Fukushima also has a rather disturbing amount of Plutonium in its soil...people worry about Cesium, but don't think about Strontium,which ISN'T being tested for..we know what would happen if Strontium were to be found in any product..so it isn"t being looked for.

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So whats this like 2/3's of the Countries farmland is contaminated by now as those cows were eating contaminated feed they created contaminated manure, that fertilize the fields to sow and reap contaminated crops.

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Who tested the meat, Tepco or the meat company?

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Why would you ship rice straw from Miyagi to Mie for cows to eat anyway? That is a helluva long way. After tolls and gasoline, I cannot see how you would pull a profit.

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Magic Miyagi straw makes famous Matsuzaka beef

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it does seem weird, chewitup, although fish are taken from Miyagi and Fukushima to Mie and sold as Mie fish.Nothing can surprise me in Japan anymore.

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If they ate it, they are irradiated.

Irradiated doesn't 100% mean a health problem... most food is irradiated to some degree (extends longevity)

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we know what would happen if Strontium were to be found in any product..

Strontium accumulates in bones, not meat.

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Cesium now found in beef from Japan Agriculture's own 浜中町ranch in Hokkaido. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/hokkaido/news/20110723-OYT8T00467.htm Also in Hida Takayama beef from Gifu http://sankei.jp.msn.com/affairs/news/110723/dst11072301240003-n1.htm Also in beef from Shimane http://sankei.jp.msn.com/life/news/110722/trd11072223120042-n1.htm either way this "screening" is not testing ..this is the tip of the iceberg

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Yes Strontium 90 does accumulate in bones not meat..and it isn't being tested for in milk or cheese or other dairy products in Japan.Cows that make milk do eat straw too,right? I don't eat Japanese beef but my kid drinks the milk and eats the yoghurt here.

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Every out door item / article / inlcuding food will have some degree of radiation , so we can either live with it and deal with or leave, each individual has the choice, well fthe oreigners anyway can.

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Irradiated doesn't 100% mean a health problem... most food is irradiated to some degree (extends longevity)

Agree that it depends on the levels, but be careful with the terminology, which refers to procedures for specific purposes. From Wikipedia:

" In common usage the term [irradiation] refers specifically to ionizing radiation, and to a level of radiation that will serve that specific purpose, rather than radiation exposure to normal levels of background radiation or abnormal levels of radiation due to accidental exposure. "

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http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20110723/k10014409681000.html

Another 900 cows from Miyagi have been found to have consumed the straw, taking the figure to 2600. The beef so far confirmed as containing Cesium was from Fukushima,Iwate,Miyagi and Akita.

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so we can either live with it and deal with or leave, each individual has the choice, well fthe oreigners anyway can

ExportExpert -- No argument. But what you are in effect saying is that the J-government, both elected and in the bureaucracies, and Tepco, have put the population of Japan in basically a no-win position. Possibly for many years. And, worse yet, the only folks who will "pay" for all this are the victims -- both literally and figuratively. Sad.

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Even if you eat a 200 gram steak (3591 becquerels per kilo) everyday for a year, the total radiation is only equivalent to a CT head scan (46mSv).

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This is from July 18, 2011 JT

Radiation concerns for Japan's beef supply intensify

It also released results of tests conducted on remaining straw, which revealed cesium levels as high as 500,000 becquerels per kilogram at one farm in Koriyama City. That translates to roughly 378 times the legal limit.

If some of the straw was 500,000 becquerels per kilo, the beef may have been 3 to 7 or more times over the legal limit nd it's not just beef but the vegetables, grains, fruits, seafood etc.

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Even if you eat a 200 gram steak (3591 becquerels per kilo) everyday for a year, the total radiation is only equivalent to a CT head scan (46mSv).

CrazyJoe, it's good for that to be pointed out, because it helps perspective, but I think what everyone really wants is to have a choice. At the moment, due to lax testing and the possible witholding of information, we don't know what is tainted within the emergency limit, what is tainted over the emergency limit, and what is clean.

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@ crazyJoe

Sounds like the voice of reason. You seem well informed. Sure hope you're right. Would you explain how you came to this figure? 3591 bq per kg means , I believe, that in every kilo of meat, every second, 3591 events of disintegration (decay) of an atom occur. AFAIK in the bq measurement there is no distinction made between gamma or beta or alpha type decay events . However I think the damage done (energy transferred) by a beta versus a gamma event is much greater at short range, such as in the case of ingestion. If I understand this correctly, the destructive potential (weighting factor) of beta is at least twice and alpha 20 times as powerful as that of gamma. Therefore there is no clear relation to the the exposure type measurement applicable to CT scans, which I think are much less destructive photon-type radiation events, and happen only momentarily, instead of continuously. Radiation from radioisotopes permanently lodged in the body might be more comparable to something like a very low power ct scan that never stops, and also includes particulate radiation, not photons only. I need some help with the math. Would you please explain how you came to this figure of 46mSv? Is this 46mSv per year? Whole body? Intestinal tract only? For one year only or for the multiple half lives of the radioactive isotopes permanently absorbed into bones, muscle or connective tissues? I worry about this and look forward to your informed response.

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Article from JT May 25,2011

Radiation released by the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has caused soil contamination matching the levels seen in the Chernobyl disaster in some areas, a researcher told the government’s nuclear policy-setting body Tuesday

I don't know but this article was written in May and with Daiichi still spewing Radiation, I can only deduce that the soil contamination through accumulation in much higher than previously stated. the soil affects the crops which affects the animals and humans alike.

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