NHK: US halts shipments of Japanese beef due to concerns of radioactive contamination from Fukushima disaster (VIDEO)

Published: August 17th, 2012 at 4:38 pm ET


Title: Japanese beef exports to US postponed
Source: NHK WORLD English
Date: Aug. 17, 2012

Japan has been forced to put off resuming beef exports to the United States at the last minute, due to US concerns about effects of last year’s nuclear accident.

Shipments were due to resume on Saturday starting with cattle processed that day.

Japanese beef exports to the United States had been suspended for over two years after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki.

But Japanese officials say the US side requested a halt on Thursday, saying it wanted to check how Japan is inspecting beef and managing feed to prevent radioactive contamination.


Published: August 17th, 2012 at 4:38 pm ET


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18 comments to NHK: US halts shipments of Japanese beef due to concerns of radioactive contamination from Fukushima disaster (VIDEO)

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    Damn it! Get Hillary on the phone NOW!!! – PM Noda

    • Joe Ebslap Joe Ebslap

      It is truly sad how many people could read this and have not a clue. Recently it was said that Hillary doesn't sweat. Have to wonder at which point protecting Japan's economy (and by extension ours in the U.S.)and provable disease by radiation makes the unperspirable sweat.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    They should have halted shipments of everything since March 11, 2011. Let's just hope they halt shipments of everything else immediately.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      We increased our imports from Japan after 3-11-2011, the only nation in the world to do so.. makes a person think maybe American corporation AKA USA had something to do with what happened, maybe felt like they should sacrifice a few of their own citizens health in order to support the Japanese economy… Only thing is, we didn't need to import.. it is already here.. American citizens have already been harmed by the Corporations shoddy workmanship, from design to manufacture, to maintenance.. right on down the line.. crap!!! Now they (TEPCO shareholders)have profited over many years and all losses now to be suffered by the Japanese taxpayer and zero help for USA to test and monitor, although proven contamination..why isn't the industry as a whole responsible? Our government can just say we couldn't afford to test, and keep the citizen safe, we had to bail out the banks and give our richest more tax breaks. sigh…

    • jec jec

      FDA has "tested" imports –see 6/2012 test reports..only 12 months or more late. 4/2011 and 6/2011 tests–given out with a date of 6/2012. WE NEED NEW AND FREQENT TESTS. Since OUR crop (nuts) from Callifornia test positive for cesium at 9+ BQ/KG…dont you think? And FDA is getting PAID to do testing…gads. Your tax dollars at work.

  • truthseek truthseek

    Insanity in a sentence… headline.

    Halt all beef for.ever.

  • jackassrig

    A fellow I work with grandson has foot-and-mouth disease. His grandson lives in Portland Oregan. Makes me wonder if this radiation is much worse.

  • truthseek truthseek

    Massive radiation exposure, common in upper level management causes


    eventually leading to societal
    for causing massive harm
    to all life on the planet.

  • arclight arclight


    its a bit of an eye opener..
    i believe japanese trade in exports has not suffered to badly
    mainly grains and seafood exports though here.. the other term is "dairy and eggs (not seperate)

    Japan's Food Exports by Category (2008-2009)

    heres a link to recent import export details

    if you download the june excel file you will see that the usa imports from japan under the guise of NAFTA! now thats is sneaky! and interesting as canada has a net loss, meaning they dont want to import contaminated to 1000 bequerl food so they import it through NAFTA instead.. a likely supposition perhaps?

    NAFTA is the largest importer from japan over the last year..??
    the USA matching NAFTA at least

    some interesting info on import and export and how the economy is booming.. this pdf link was hidden from other Japanese website link(the link showed a 404 error) i traced it going the long way around
    doesnt show NAFTA as a big sharer in the exports from japan section as did the other import export pdf i came across. but it does show the usa having double the amount than on the other pdf?

    talk about media manipulation.. this is how they do it!

    this is how they get the copy for the media and therefore the stats for the economy

    oh yeah and note how well the corporations have done throughout except the sacrificial tepco of course..

    and BOJ…

  • arclight arclight

    Japan says food diplomacy will keep Hong Kong sweet
    FOOD AUG. 17, 2012 – 09:04PM

    "…Hong Kong’s love of Japanese cuisine will help ease tensions over Tokyo’s arrest of Hong Kong activists at a disputed island chain, a Japanese minister said Thursday at a food fair in the Chinese city.

    Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Akira Gunji said the relationship between the southern Chinese city and Japan would flourish as long as the culinary binds between them stayed strong…."

    and indeed the hong kong stats are on the above reports on import export..

    HK allows for 1024 bq/kg
    and no protest or news about radiation there?

    the rad monitoring was set up by the uk.. need i say anymore?
    like eurdep it would take a couple of fukushimas sitting by the monitor to get some movement.. and then you would have to wait as the year long averaging software caught up (about 4 months of jigh radiation should see some movement imo) 🙁

  • Ron

    "US halts shipments of Japanese beef due to concerns of radioactive contamination from Fukushima disaster"

    Great, so what took so long?

  • CBuck CBuck

    Goodbye Kobe Beef. I wonder what will happen to the cattle farms in the near and distant future? Then again, it isn't just cattle that is becoming, and will be toxic, everything will be.

  • Ganxet Ganxet

    halt japanese shipments= you don't need to do Tests.
    Then people don't worry about it , anb buy US products "some radioactive) freely.

    it's easy no japan shipments means no worry all it's OK.

    lies and more lies.