Rice was shipped from Fukushima Prefecture on Monday for the first time since the March 11 disaster. The rice was tested for radiation and got the all-clear, a spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.
The central government issued guidelines earlier this month that rice would be checked twice for radioactive cesium before and after harvesting in 17 prefectures. The rice shipped on Monday was grown in Koriyama, which is about 60 kilometers from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Fukushima prefectural officials said they are testing rice in 20 municipalities for contamination.© Japan Today