More radioactive cows: “New scandal appears to be much wider” — 70 km from meltdown (VIDEO)

Published: July 15th, 2011 at 12:30 pm ET


Nuclear beef scare again hits Japan, AlJazeera, July 15, 2011:

Beef Contamination Spreads in Japan After Fukushima Radiation Taints Straw, Bloomberg, July 15, 2011:

More beef from cattle in Japan that ate straw tainted by radiation has found its way into the food supply […]

Cattle at the farm in Asakawa, about 60 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station, were fed with rice straw containing 97,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, compared with the government standard of 300 becquerels, said Hidenori Ohtani at the livestock division of the Fukushima prefectural government. […]

Published: July 15th, 2011 at 12:30 pm ET


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61 comments to More radioactive cows: “New scandal appears to be much wider” — 70 km from meltdown (VIDEO)

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      60 seconds to load your site onto my dual-core, then the fan comes on full high. Everything OK there?

    • Fukushima reactors 1-3 stabilized

      The Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company say they have stabilized the crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

      But problems continue with the system for purifying contaminated water.

      In a joint assessment, the government and TEPCO say they have completed the first step of a plan outlined in mid-April for a complete cold shutdown of the reactors. They say they completed the first step within the original 3-month deadline.

      The assessment adds that reactors 1, 2 and 3 have been stably cooled down, and that nitrogen has been injected into their containment vessels to prevent hydrogen explosions.

      Pools of spent nuclear fuel are also stable.

      The government and TEPCO say radiation levels in the surrounding air and seawater have been declining, and the goal of reducing the amount of radiation leaking outside the plant has been achieved.

      But the crisis is far from over. The assessment admits that contaminated water has leaked out of storage tanks, and that water level settings at its water purification facilities were incorrect.

      Saturday, July 16, 2011 08:04 +0900 (JST)

    • Aquarium in Fukushima reopens

      An aquarium in Fukushima Prefecture has reopened after a 4-month closure due to the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

      Aquamarine Fukushima in the coastal city of Iwaki was crowded with visitors on Friday. The aquarium lost 90 percent of its fish and other aquatic creatures in the disaster, but has gradually brought back seals, otters and other animals that were evacuated to other facilities.

      Children cheered upon seeing schools of fish in large tanks, while many people gathered to watch a baby harbor seal swim around.

      The pup named Kibou, which means “hope” in Japanese, was born in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, at a facility where his mother was brought after the disaster.

      Friday, July 15, 2011

  • They should readf up on the effects on Bikini atoll, that was not a continuous release and look at the affects to animals and people and the sea !

    It was not uncommon for women to experience faulty pregnancies, miscarriages, stillbirths and damage to their offspring as a result of the nuclear testing on Bikini.

    Since the early 1980s the leaders of the Bikinian community have insisted that, because of what happened in the 1970s with the aborted return to their atoll, they want the entire island of Bikini excavated and the soil removed to a depth of about 15 inches (38 cm). Scientists involved with the Bikinians have stressed that while the excavation method would rid the island of the Cesium-137, the removal of the topsoil would severely damage the environment, turning it into a virtual wasteland of windswept sand. The Council, however, feeling a responsibility toward their people, has repeatedly contended that scraping Bikini is the only way to guarantee safe living conditions on the island for future generations.

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Let them eat steak tartarium; I’ll stay with my pre-fuku canned salmon and tuna ala mercurium.

  • jtn A

    Caught this whilst browsing the web.
    The people of Japan should be very concerned.
    p.s. follow the link to the charity site at the bottom of the page after reading and listening to the article.
    p.p.s Good to know that there are people who care and are doing real things to help the helpless.More will be needed in the coming years.

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    I still venture that soon, or eventually, the somewhat distant Kobi beef operation will be relocated.

    Watching the slow-motion discovery of the contamination, and the non-existent popular responce to the problem, is aggravating. And maybe toxic, like absorbing all msm news reporting.

  • Cindy

    Assure the Japanese that their food is safe ??

    The Government still hasn’t tested a wide enough area to determine what the boundaries are on the existing contamination…

    You hear of radioactive Tea leaves above the limit in a wide area, but not other foods.. It would be safe to assume that all produce grown in the same areas where the contaminated tea came from would also be contaimanet beyond the levels for safe human consumption…

    But here again, no testing is being done…

    No testing , no reports… “Move along, nothing to see here ‘ …GRRR !!!

    • Recent tweet: “To prevent the harmful rumor due to the accident of Fukushima, Twitter is being observed by the government in Japan.”

      On th’ job!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    OT (item discussed earlier)
    New at HP O backs “means-testing” Medicare

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      I’m not sure how to feel about this. I’m heading out til later. Everyone have a good much as possible. 🙁

    • charlie3

      Whoopie, this is NOT a US news forum – it’s international and fukushima/fallout related.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Ah come on man…it was being discussed on another thread so I thought people would want to know. Geezus Christ, the attacks here are really getting over the top imo. NO one is TAKING THEIR EYES OFF FUKUSALL OR any other Nuclear Reactor. Get OVER YOURSELF.

        • charlie3

          What I wrote was hardly an “attack”. What you wrote was far ruder.
          Do you want me to post Indian cricket match results on every thread?

  • Killer Sunflowers Invade Japan

    [I should work for the National Enquirer]

    And, where to put those radioactive sunflowers afterwards?

  • Leading food testing laboratory now offers services to analyze food for radiation contamination following the nuclear disaster in Japan.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Get over yourself is right Whoopie! These are trolls, trying to make us uncomfortable enough to leave. It only makes me want to stay more. I no longer GET resentments–I GIVE them! Keep your chin up Whoopie—I need your valuable input and links, K? 🙂

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Chin’s up now after your comment. I’m worried – there’s been some real VITROL here lately. Hacked names? It’s happened before. One of them took my name and left some disgusting comments. Guess we’ll have to wait and see. I really like Enenews – spread their links everyday. I hope it returns to NORMAL SOON.

  • StillJill StillJill

    They took my first name also,…I was Jill M Clarkson until some VILE thing took the name over and gave it an unknown password, at least to me. They are relentless–But so are we! I like to remind myself that when I’m with God, we’re a majority! 🙂

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      I’m with HIM too! We are a Majority. I remember you from before Jill – so I’ve been here awhile. Not as long as some of you but long enough to remember MOST names. Hope we can keep our names. 🙂

  • StillJill StillJill

    Me too! Say, why don’t we put our hefty brains together and come up with a way to torment the trolls into leaving quickly?
    Where there’s a Jill, there’s a way! 🙂

  • Darth

    More to the point of this thread,

    <blockquote The Japanese people who are against nuclear power plants had better start demonstrating against radioactive food and radioactive garbage, among other things, that have been forced on them through the government action (like raising the safety limit for radioactive garbage ashes) and non-action (like not testing rice hay for radiation). They may get their wish of nuke-free Japan, but unless they start to fight the small details right now, the nuke-free Japan may become inhabitable.

    • Darth

      I’m trying to learn how to “quote” so this is another attempt.

      The Japanese people who are against nuclear power plants had better start demonstrating against radioactive food and radioactive garbage, among other things, that have been forced on them through the government action (like raising the safety limit for radioactive garbage ashes) and non-action (like not testing rice hay for radiation). They may get their wish of nuke-free Japan, but unless they start to fight the small details right now, the nuke-free Japan may become inhabitable.

  • jtn A

    European Committee on Radiation Risk
    Risk Model and Radiation from Fukushima
    Dr. Chris Busby, Scientific Secretary, ECRR
    March 19th 2011

    Radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe is now reaching population centers, like Tokyo.
    Japanese authorities are downplaying the risk on the basis of absorbed dose levels based on the dose coefficients of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP). These dose coefficients and the ICRP radiation risk model are inaccurate and unsafe for this purpose. This is clear from hundreds of research studies on the outcomes from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. That point has also been conceded by the editor of the ICRP risk model, Dr. Jack Valentin, in a discussion with Chris Busby in Stockholm, Sweden in April 2009.
    Valentin specifically stated in a videoed interview (available on and that the ICRP model could not be used to advise politicians and other public officials of the health consequences of a nuclear release like the one from Fukushima. Valentin agreed that for certain internal exposures the risk model was insecure by two orders of magnitude. The Committee

    Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters (CERRIE) (see stated that the range of insecurity was between 10 and members of the committee put the error closer to 1,000, a factor which would be necessary to explain the nuclear site child leukemia clusters.

    The ECRR risk model was developed for situations like Fukushima.

    Since the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR) 2003 Radiation Risk Model (updated in 2010) was developed for just these kinds of exposure situations, it can be employed to assess the risk in terms of cancer and other illnesses (see It has been checked against many situations where the public has been exposed to internal radioactivity and shown to be accurate.

    Using the ECRR 2010 radiation risk model, the following guide to the health effects of exposure can be employed: (1) Take the dose that is published by the authorities and multiply it by 600 to get the approximate ECRR dose for the mixture of internal radionuclides released from Fukushima; and (2) Multiply that number by 0.1 to get the ECRR 2010 cancer risk.

    Here are two examples that show the level of risk on the people of Japan:

    Example 1: The dose from exposure to radioactive milk from Fukushima is said by the authorities to be so low that you would have to drink milk for a year to get the equivalent of a CT scan dose. A CT scan dose is about 10 milliSieverts (mSv). Assuming a person drinks 500 milliliters a day, the annual intake is 180 liters so the dose per liter is 0.055mSv. The ECRR dose per liter is at maximum 0.055 x 600 = 33mSv. Thus the lifetime risk of cancer following drinking a liter of such contaminated milk is 0.0033 or 0.33%.
    Thus 1,000 people, each drinking 1 liter of milk, will result in 3.3 cancers in the 50 years following the intake. From the results in Sweden and elsewhere following Chernobyl, these cancers will probably appear in the 10 years following the exposure.

    Example 2: External doses measured by a Geiger counter increased from 100nSv/h to 500nSv/h. What is the risk from a week’s exposure? Because the external dose is only a flag for the internal dose we assume that this is the internal ICRP dose from the range of radionuclides released. That includes radiodines, radiocaesium, plutonium and uranium particles, tritium etc. A week’s exposure is thus 400 x 10-9 x 24 x 7 days or 6.72 x 10-5Sv. We multiply by 600 to get the ECRR dose which is 0.04Sv. Then we multiply by 0.1 to get the lifetime cancer risk which is 0.4%.Thus, in this case, in 1,000 individuals exposed for a week at this level, 4 will develop cancer due to this exposure.

    In 30 million, the population of Tokyo, this would result in 120,000 cancers in the next 50 years. The ICRP risk model would predict 100 cancers from the same exposure. Again we should expect to see a rise in cancer in the 10 years following the exposure. This is due to early clinical expression of pre-cancerous genomes.

    Other health effects are predicted, including birth effects, heart disease and a range of other conditions and diseases. For details, see ECRR2010.
    These calculations have been shown to be accurate in the case of the population of Northern Sweden exposed to fallout from the Chernobyl accident, and also are accurate for the increased in cancer in northern hemisphere countries following the 1960s weapons testing fallout (i.e., the cancer epidemic). The general public and the Japanese authorities (and other authorities around the world) would do well to calculate exposure risks on the basis of these approximations and to abandon the ICRP model which does not protect the public. This was the conclusion of a group of international experts who signed the 2009 Lesvos Declaration (this can be found on ).

    ECRR 2010. The 2010 Recommendations of the European Committee on Radiation Risk. The health effects of exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation. Regulators Edition. EDs: Chris Busby, Alexey V. Yablokov, Rosalie Bertell, Molly Scott Cato, Inge.

    • arclight arclight

      oh and risabee…quirks of facebook, this morning i responded to an enenews post and quickly chatted with my younger teen age thing! when i came back to the article it was completely gone! when i post other stuff it goes to the last place in the page and commenting doesnt matter..just musing…helps to explain the low figures visiting one of the few sites covering this info! even among most of the “alternative sites” wow!! i sometimes feel like analysing this conspiracy sense that is generated by being in this unusual position and i know im not alone in this regard…were all gonna end up on lithium(doesnt that screw up your thyroid too!!)…time for a happy video to protect me from the possibly radioactive lithium prescribed for readers and posters alike! ah yes escapism, denial oh and x factor that should sort me out for a couple of hours…enenews didnt get a mention on the radio interview of anonymous either that taco posted…its on now!

  • moonkai


    #16 July 14th Tokyo

    Bastille Day ! …

    Today, I want to hide the fact I am French … can’t shake out the French accent though. All I have left is “yes, I am French BUT … “ . I need to defend myself, my nation.

    A bunch of “Furansu jin” left for Tohoku to parade like clowns in front of innocent victims, giving them false hope. Associated to the circus are French Minister Frederick Mitterand and the egocentric Ambassador Mr. Faure. With them … French Chefs working in Tokyo, (most of them I know personally) are “showing off” in front of cameras while other clueless “froggies” up for a free ride. At their side, the obvious choice of vampires representing AREVA and all the other “life sucking” politicians.

    After an “uneventful speech” relating to everything and nothing, …mostly nothing … a farmer hands a peach from the area, picked fresh (radioactive fresh) to Mitterand…Big smile … yes Fukushima product is “safe”. Is the audience buying it? I am afraid too many are.

    So, the proud “froggies” are on their way back, with a feeling of self satisfaction …triumphant ! Of course now, they are leaving all those innocent people behind to their doom, as plans to scrap the evacuation zone is on the way. They will have to go back to hell … the bottom of it !! Yes, back to their terrible fate while the French cavalry is coming back safe, proud of themselves. All they did though is to promote a false sense of security while yelling to the world that Nukushima is safe and that food from there has never tasted better. I call it “mass lobotomy” !

    Today … it is one of the rare time you will hear a French national saying that he wished to be German !

    #17 July 15th Tokyo

    Bastille Day – The aftermath !!

    14th of July 1789 marks the assault of La Bastille, famous prison where all French fighting for freedom were incarcerated. After freeing all prisoners, the revolution started and shook the French Monarchy to the roots that led to the Republic as we know it today.

    14th of July 2011 marks one of the most shameful moment in French history. Yes, the French delegation (funded by Areva) came to Nukushima to “help” strengthen ties between two countries (they are tied enough, no reason to overdo it) .
    The ugly truth though is that residents are “prisoners” of an infamous government.
    They don’t have access to ENENEWS or EX SKF … But they watch NHK … and the kids are glued to the latest exploits of Pluto kun !
    Bottom line is that when it was all said and one, the “delegation of frogs” left those poors Japanese souls, there to die, instead of taking the fight to the Japanese officials to extend the evacuation zone.

    But tonight, the French surrendered on the 14th of July 2011. Sadly, there will be no revolution … only a surrender from a bunch of greedy cowards with only personal agendas; promoting Nuclear Energy to some, disaster Tourism for others and … perhaps to nuke everyone to oblivion to a few.

    So, me with a couple of “pure bred froggies” (the good kind), are looking at each other. We must do something. This has gone too far. All of us have pretty good connections (soon to be seriously altered) with French officials in Tokyo. Let’s do it . Even it has insignificant impact, let’s take the fight to them and reveal their agendas to our many other friends. The hell with the French community anyway…

    So we send a letter to an important attaché from the embassy, directed at the Ambassador himself.

    “ we do not agree with this masquerade and should push the (incompetent) Japanese officials to evacuate everybody much further etc …..”

    2 hours later, my friends and I are taken by surprise. He just wrote us back !!

    Dear “pure bred froggy” …(not the actual name of my friend 😉 )
    thank you for this message … I understand your frustration and I can relate to it, I feel the same way you do at times … but trust we are doing our very best to communicate and to offer our help to the Japanese blablablablablabla … We are building a joint venture laboratory in Fukushima and are blablablablablablablabla …I wanted to thank you personally for expressing blablablablablablabla …..Yours Sincerely (Screw you Sincerely – don’t have time for this shit)“

    OK …Round 2 – it is Facebook time! It is my time to hit …. So I attach a link from Le Monde newspaper covering the French circus going to Nukushima for Bastille day. I also copy a nice phrase I picked up from another user It reads like this;

    Quand la France solde sa dette d’honneur envers le Japon sur le dos des enfants de Koriyama et de Fukushima – When France balances its debt of honor to Japan on the backs of the children of Koriyama and Fukushima.

    Sure thing, I am getting more than I asked for. I am officially now a pariah in the eyes of the French community! I am receiving hatred messages from my friends that attended including Michelin star chefs etc ….but also a lot of “good for you”. Well I know my American friends love it . They give us high fives … “ya crazy French dudes” !!

    Believe me, this message is going around and they hate it. Most of the guilty parties will reply to me in the next days. Can’t wait! Bring it on !!

    But at least, tonight, my friends and I are having a good laugh. Tonight we drink heartedly as we rejoice …we rejoice for our little revolution that took place tonight! It is Bastille day… We are fighting for what we all believe so intensely! And we believe we must put pressure on the Japanese to do what is right to protect its innocent citizens.

    Either you decide to stand proud on a beautiful “lily leaf” or you choose to end up as “frog legs in garlic butter on someone’s dish”.

    Happy Bastille day everyone !!

  • arclight arclight

    un jour heureux Bastille pour vous et tous les citoyens français! enjoy your night! you deserve it!! maintenir le bon travail

  • AkDave AkDave

    If you think someone who has lost all he has… is just going to shoot and dump his cows and do the right thing is dreaming!!! same for fields of hay….. maybe one in twenty maybe??? It still all comes down to money $$$$$$ your looking at a few hundred thousand with just the shirt on their backs and thinking Tepco is going to make right. Sadly not going to happen.. Dang!

  • shaktasna999

    I am thinking unless people actually visibly see a Japanese farmer regularly killing his livestock or burning his crops-his neighbors and whoever else he can find will be eating it very shortly.

    It sounds sad but these people have to survive. They can lie and say they destroyed things while selling them on the black market to survive or they can die agonizing deaths.

    What would you do for your family?

  • AkDave AkDave

    True words shaktasna999, People will do what ever it takes to feed them self or family. We can only see a small snip of whats going on in Japan take your worse day and times it by 1000 and you might get a better idea whats going on, Japan is fighting for it’s life.. I hope they win but time is going to take it’s toll on the people and the economy.

  • AustralianCannonball

    School yard radiation. Just made this video now:

  • Agapit

    High Level of Plutonium Rumored to Have Been Detected in Rice Paddies 50 Kilometers from Fukushima I Nuke Plant

  • Agapit

    Mainichi Shinbun: 84 more radioactive cows slaughtered and shipped

    • Time to slaughter all the nukes existing and the ones to come in Lethalmania or in India or elsewhere. Come open the Gates of 447 nukes into eternal sleep. 447 nukes? Thats 447 gigawatts occupying at 30 megawatts production and use per square kilometer a land use of 17000 square kilometers. At 1000 megawatts of production and use by living energy every square kilometer it is the wasted potential of living energy to use and return of 17000 gigawatts! 30 fold indebted to nature forever and none returnable-must be isolated from her! What a gigantic task ahead of us part of her for survival in health ?

    • The government could stop all these contaminated foods from reaching the markets and keep this from going on but clearly they do not want it to stop !
      Only imported foods should be marketed as was in Russia after Chernobyl !

  • radegan

    Come on, radioactive cows, we can manage that problem. On Madison Avenue we’d first think up a catchy name – “GloCows”maybe. Then we’d muddy the issue by pointing out that irradiated milk is sold on shelves everywhere and no one is hurt by it. Our milk will be cheaper because we won’t have to pay to have it irradiated. Cheaper, safer milk – who doesn’t want that?

    Our commercial closes with a little girl drinking milk, complete with adorable ‘milk mustache’. She’s holding a toy “GloCow” and says: “I love you, GloCow”

    The GloCow moos and lights up at the same time, making the girl smile and hug the toy. Gosh, don’t you want some?

  • Jebus Jebus

    ‘Colossal blunder’ on radioactive cattle feed / Govt officials admit responsibility for foul-up that let tainted beef enter nation’s food supply

    Officials of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry have admitted they did not consider the possibility of cattle ingesting straw contaminated by radioactive substances emitted from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    “This is nothing less than a colossal blunder by our ministry. It was beyond our expectations that straw would become a source of radioactive contamination,” a ministry official said.

    A total of 143 beef cattle suspected of being contaminated with radioactive cesium after ingesting straw that was stored outdoors have been shipped from Fukushima Prefecture and distributed to wholesalers, retailers and consumers in various prefectures.

    Livestock farmers and others in the meat industry have attacked the government for its failure to prevent the problem.

    On March 19, about one week after the outbreak of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the agriculture ministry issued written instructions regarding livestock feed to farmers via local governments. The documents stipulated that any grass fed to livestock should have been reaped before the accidents at the plant, and stored indoors since the accident.

    However, the instructions made no reference to rice straw.

    “If grass is contaminated with radioactive substances, so is straw. Is that so difficult to figure out?” said a 33-year-old owner of a butcher shop in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture.

  • Jebus Jebus

    ‘Don’t worry about eating a little bit of tainted beef’

    The concentration of cesium remaining in the meat of cattle that were fed with highly radioactive straw is dramatically lower than the reading of the straw itself, according to a radioactivity expert.

    The straw purchased as feed by a livestock farmer in Asakawamachi, southeastern Fukushima Prefecture, was found last week to have been contaminated with up to 97,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, according to prefectural authorities. That is 73 times higher than the government-set provisional regulatory limit for pasture plants.

    However, the concentration of cesium in the meat from the farmer’s cattle that was shipped to Tokyo via meat processors and wholesalers measured no more than 650 becquerels per kilogram.

    Yoichiro Omomo, special advisor to the Institute for Environmental Sciences, has pointed out, “Since cattle eat many other foodstuffs in addition to straw, the cesium may have diluted substantially.”

    Beyond that, not all of the radioactive materials digested accumulate in the cattle, said Omomo, who specializes in how radioactive substances are taken up in cattle and farm produce.

    “Radioactive cesium is highly soluble in water, so if ingested, it’s gradually discharged from the body through urine and sweat,” he noted.

    Radioactive cesium in people is also discharged via urine and sweat, so whatever remains in the body is reduced by half every 80 to 120 days, according to Omomo.

    Unlike radioactive iodine, which tends to accumulate in the thyroid gland, cesium does not accumulate in any specific organ, he said.

    “Suppose a man eats 200 grams of beef containing 650 becquerels of radioactive cesium daily for a whole year,” Omomo said.

    “The internal radiation exposure reading in this example would be up to 0.6 millisievert,” he added.

    “That falls short of the government-set annual exposure limit of 1 millisievert, meaning there’s no need to worry about eating cesium-tainted meat several times during a certain period,” Omomo said.
    (Jul. 18, 2011)

  • Sickputer

    Saw this on the Physics Forum… No news verification though:

    “Contaminated beef from Fukushima was served to schoolchildren at lunches in Yokohama from April 23 to June 7. Why? Because no one was buying Fukushima beef and the price of it had dropped 40 to 50%. The major and Board of Education approved of it. It was an excellent opportunity to save some money.”