Fukushima prefectural government officials said Friday night that rice from five locations in Onami town showed radioactive contamination above the government-set safety limit.
Onami is situated 57 kilometers northwest of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
The findings will further worry nervous consumers, already fretting over the safety of domestic produce, despite its previous solid reputation.
According to NHK, authorities said that in one case, one kilogram of rice measured 1,270 becquerels, which is way over the government-set safety limit of 500 becquerels.
The entire rice crop of Onami was retested after high radioactive cesium was found at one farm on Nov 16. In that case, the level was 630 becquerels per kilogram.
After that finding, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura ordered Fukushima Gov Yuhei Sato to halt shipments of rice from Onami, affecting 154 farms that produced 192 tons of rice this year.© Japan Today/AFP