Radioactive cesium now contaminating rice, boar meat — Both found outside Fukushima Pref.

Published: August 19th, 2011 at 1:55 pm ET


Radioactive cesium detected in boar meat in Miyagi Pref., Kyodo News, August 19, 2011

Japan Finds First Case of Radioactive Contamination in Rice
, New York Times, August 19, 2011

Published: August 19th, 2011 at 1:55 pm ET


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29 comments to Radioactive cesium now contaminating rice, boar meat — Both found outside Fukushima Pref.

  • arclight arclight

    new boar headline? cool! be back later! @admin what about the chickens eh!!??????

  • odylan

    Boar meat will be contaminated for years. Wild boars eat roots and truffles growing in forests; foods that suck up radiation from the rainfall in the earth.

    In Bavaria, Germany, boar meat is still on the banned list as it has been since the Chernobyl accident 25 years ago.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Hi odylan, boar meat in Bavaria is not on a “banned list”.
      It gets tested after being shot, and yes, quite a high percentage (ca. 30%, depending on the region) shows more Cs-137 than 600 Bq/kg.
      The same goes for deer and mushrooms, btw.


  • Rice wholesalers dealing from Fukushima Prefecture to Niigata from rice bags in large quantities was a testimony

    Deliver NEWS ポストセブン August 18 (Thursday) 16: 05 pm

     Said that the average found a radioactive contamination to the soil, water and rice straw, rice is safe? Rice contaminated by caesium enters our dining possibilities are? I wonder if rice harvested by farmers to begin with, how do you reach the dining table. Rice distribution more Gifu University maezawa heavy seiritsu Professor is so.

    “Hit the shelves of retailers such as supermarkets and 米店 flows farmers harvested rice to JA area is pick-and-JA from dealing with U.S. distributors, that route is the basic”

     Routes through this JA food law was revised in 2004, until the U.S. distribution of almost had all recently increasing numbers different routes.

     Farmers sell directly to the wholesaler, or different routes bikes intact to consumers using the Internet,.

     And will be in the U.S. reach consumers JAS law based on “date of rice” or “origin” is displayed, look at it choose the U.S. consumers.

    “Is mentioned until the province is required by law. Contractors dealing with the U.S. was enforced from October last year in addition to U.S. traceability method stores transaction records, and has decided to tell the origin information to suppliers.

     Supplier transaction records from dates back to when something goes wrong, the breach was punished. Will therefore not to distribute the origin disguised commercial rice and rice exceeds a reference value “(Mr. maezawa and above)

     However, U.S. traceability method’s regulation only stood in the “ if性善説standing ”. Whether or not really work us traceability method simply “ accident rice riot ” nonglutinous rice rice Viet Nam grown in 2008, contaminated with the pesticides are resold as edible rice had questioned some experts believe.

     Actually Fukushima-based food journalist, Mr. aduma incho witnessed the kind field.

    “I went recently, dealing with us in producing Fukushima Prefecture Prefecture wholesaler stores to shop for some reason written ‘Niigata industrial’ and rice bags were piled in large quantities.”

     Some blended rice, mixed breeds more and anxiety. Indication is mandated in the JAS Law, the only “source” “breed” and produced, the same us. And documenting domestic U.S. or imported rice blend rice is good and just end any state name listed.

  • Low level of radioactive cesium found in rice grown in Ibaraki Pref.

    MITO (Kyodo) — A small amount of radioactive cesium has been detected in rice, the staple food item in Japan, that was grown in the city of Hokota, Ibaraki Prefecture, some 150 kilometers southwest of the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the Ibaraki prefectural government said Friday.
    A pre-harvest preliminary check showed that …

  • Post from anne
    August 17, 2011 at 11:30 am
    Cesium Seeps into Ground Faster Than Previously Thought
    Tokyo, Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)–Radioactive cesium from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant seeped into the ground far faster than previously thought, a study has shown.
    In the joint study by the University of Tokyo and Fukushima Prefecture, home to the TEPCO plant, cesium that fell onto rice paddies at the Fukushima Agricultural Technology Center in the city of Koriyama seeped into the ground at speeds 0.1 to 0.2 times the penetration speed of water, compared with the previously estimated level of 0.001 times
    The university and the prefecture also looked at the strength of fixation between cesium and soil particles.
    Cesium-tainted soil samples from the center were poured into fresh water and water containing fertilizers, and these were stirred for a while. But only 20 pct of the cesium contained in the soil samples dissolved into the water, while the rest remained stuck to soil particles.
    The result indicates that it is difficult to wash cesium away from crop fields and rice paddies.

  • Unbelievable Comment by Mr. Yamashita
    He later corrected his word about “100 micro sievert per hour”. He told that he meant “10 micro sievert per hour”, however what he said after 100 micro sievert is ” It’s obvious that whether if you can stay outside or not under 5, 10 or 20 sievert per hour.” His correction does not make any sense at all.

  • santacruzelf

    Does anyone know if the radioactivity is INSIDE the rice (taken in through the roots) or on the OUTSIDE (landed on the plants from the air)?????????

    There is a huge difference, (one can be washed off, and one cannot) and yet no one is discussing this.

    • arclight arclight

      potassium /cesium will readily be taken up into the plant roots through the stem and into the rice…heres some links…couldn’t find a cool graphic! If you find one showing caesium it will be a black and white one showing the radioisotopes as dark blotches splashed intermittently around!
      “Cesium (Cs) is chemically similar to potassium (K). However, although K is an essential element, Cs is toxic to plants. Two contrasting hypotheses to explain Cs toxicity have been proposed:………….”

      “Proper potassium (K) nutrition is critical to maximize rice production. Potassium deficiency in rice can reduce grain yield and increase lodging. Interaction of soil-applied K and magnesium”$webindex/article=EAC9117B8625710E0055F842DD85788A?opendocument

      as to washing off! good idea as contamination could be from recent rainfall etc…but some products in some places will get contaminated! the jury is sort of out on how far this contamination will spread… we are no where near end game yet! good news though! tepco dont need a tent anymore! a large groundsheet will do for 1 and 2 escapee corium!!!! saves a bit of work!

      • santacruzelf

        Thank you… yeah I have been poring over some very difficult to understand scientific articles trying to figure out what I need to worry less/more about and what precautions I can take, if any… Good news, I have lots of pigweed growing in my garden! usually eat it, but probably won’t ever do that again… :p

  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    Hey SantyCruze…
    the plants uptake and respire the radiation in the water,
    the minerals, the dust falling on leaves…the CO2 respiration…
    caint wash ‘er off!

  • shaktasna999

    Remember the tea exports(of which America is a very large importer.)

    • Who believes the Japanese tea’s that were over the safety limit are still sitting in the warehouses ??
      Some was stopped in France !

  • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

    Lazy inspectors!!

    If I read the NYT article right, the inspectors from the Agriculture Ministry only carried out 3 tests on Friday.

    They better speed up their testing, before the harvest season is over.

  • santacruzelf

    Elenin- Thank you.

    I know about the uptake, (Not sure how much through the leaves though, probably depends on the plant) I am just wondering if that is what they are measuring in this case, or if there is radioactive dust still landing on the plants themselves..

    I guess it’s all bad… 🙁

  • Story online now:
    Radioactive cesium detected in boar meat in Miyagi Pref.

    Normally I will just do a www search wit same story title and find on anouther site/s, but nothing came up anywhere for boars in Japan !
    Nothing yesterday, BUT TODAY YES !!!

    Radioactive cesium detected in boar meat in Miyagi Pref.

    SENDAI (Kyodo) — Radioactive cesium at a level over four times the government-set safety limit has been detected in the meat of a wild boar captured in Kakuda city, Miyagi Prefecture, the prefectural government said Friday.

    It is the first time that radioactive contamination exceeding the safety limit was found in a wild animal or bird in the northeastern Japanese prefecture, local …

  • Fukushima officials worry new discovery of radioactive beef will harm reputation more

    FUKUSHIMA — Officials here are disappointed that a new discovery of radioactive beef shipped from a Fukushima Prefecture farmer was discovered and caused the central government to delay lifting the ban on the prefecture’s cattle shipments.

    “Fukushima products have taken another blow to their reputation,” said an official.

    The central government had planned to lift bans on cattle shipments from Fukushima along with Miyagi Prefecture, but the ban lift for Fukushima was put off after levels of …

  • theypoisonus

    7.5 Quake off NZ coast. Tsunami warnings for NZ, other areas and JAPAN.