Title: Hot-zone beef remains a hard sell
Source: Kyodo News
Date: July 24, 2012
Hot-zone beef remains a hard sell
Prices remain low for beef from Fukushima and three surrounding prefectures as radiation fears linger a year after shipments were banned over the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Last July, beef from Fukushima and other prefectures was found tainted with cesium above the provisionally set limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram. The government banned shipments from Iwate, Miyagi, Tochigi and Fukushima prefectures before lifting it last August on condition that all their cattle be tested for radiation.
The price of Fukushima-made beef, however, is lagging at ¥1,342 per kilogram, or 77 percent of the February 2011 level
The price of Tochigi beef has rebounded 94 percent, while prices have recovered 91 percent in Iwate and 88 percent in Miyagi.
Published: July 24th, 2012 at 5:53 am ET