The first case of food that exceeds the government's new radioactive cesium limits has been reported in Gunma Prefecture.
Lake Onuma in Maebashi, famous for its Japanese smelt fishing, was the source of the fish that reportedly tested 426 becquerels per kilo, Fuji TV reported Wednesday. The amount of radiation registered is more than four times the new maximum limit of 100 becquerels per kilo, with many local governments reportedly choosing to set their own limits far lower.
Local authorities say the smelt was tested on March 28. They added that the smelt fishing season has now ended, and that fishing for smelt is now banned.
Meanwhile, shiitake mushrooms in Miyagi Prefecture and bamboo shoots in Chiba Prefecture were also found to have levels of radioactive cesium over the new limits, the health ministry said Wednesday.
Shiitake mushrooms grown in Murata, Miyagi, contained 350 becquerels of radioactive cesium, while bamboo shoots grown in the Chiba towns of Kisarazu and Ichihara had 120 becquerels, Fuji TV reported.© Japan Today