Title: Fukushima Farmers Face Decades of Tainted Crops as Fears Linger
Authors: Aya Takada and Yasumasa Song
Date: Mar 18, 2012
[...] Inadequate testing by the government of rice, milk and fish from the region has prompted consumers to leave them on supermarket shelves and instead select produce from other regions or from overseas. Checks conducted nationwide so far are only 1 percent of what Belarus checked in the past year, a quarter century after the Chernobyl disaster, according to Nobutaka Ishida, a researcher at Norinchukin Research Institute. [...]
Contaminated produce still found a way to markets even as the government assured people that testing was adequate. Sample surveys last year failed to prevent contaminated tea leaves from Saitama prefecture and beef and rice from Fukushima from being shipped to the market. The tainted rice came after Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato said in October that grain from the prefecture was safe to eat, deepening consumer concerns.
To eliminate tainted items completely from the food supply, all products must be tested, which can’t be done, said Hideshi Michino, a director at the health ministry’s food safety department. [...]
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Published: March 19th, 2012 at 12:17 pm ET