Radioactive Beef Distributed Nationwide in JapanUpdated: 2011-07-12 (KST)
Various Japanese media outlets reported Tuesday that beef containing radioactive cesium was found to have been distributed nationwide, including major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.
Media reports say that some 190 kilograms of meat has already been distributed and a good amount has gone into the hands of Japanese consumers, leaving them, as well as the government, in shock.
[Interview : Hosokawa Ritsuo, Japanese health minister] "I think it is inevitable that we divide the areas up and inspect the meat distributed."
This latest revelation comes after meat containing radioactive material up to six times the safe limit was found last week in 11 cows that were shipped out from a farm in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, about 30 kilometers north of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Later on, local officials said cattle feed used at that farm was saturated with 75-thousand becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium, which is about 56 times over the legal limit.
Authorities the said the farm went against the government's instruction not to give livestock feed that had been stored outdoors.
And the officials add that at this point, it is impossible to trace back on who bought the contaminated meat and it seems like the government won't be able to avoid the strong criticism by its own people.
Laah Hyun-kyung, Arirang News.
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