Watch: Fukushima beef being shipped to US restaurants (VIDEO)

Published: October 15th, 2012 at 11:59 am ET


Title: Fukushima exports 1st beef in 30 months
Date: Oct. 14, 2012 – Updated 15:30 UTC (00:30 JST)

Cattle farmers in Fukushima Prefecture have resumed beef exports to the United States for the first time in 2 and a half years.

Farmers celebrated the shipment of 3 cattle with a ceremony on Sunday.


The 3 cattle will be processed in Japan and the meat will be sold to upscale restaurants in the United States.


Watch the video here

Published: October 15th, 2012 at 11:59 am ET


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85 comments to Watch: Fukushima beef being shipped to US restaurants (VIDEO)


    this lone story should dispel any delusions that the American people have a government…

  • JustmeAlso

    Like a boomerang coming back..

  • Yeah, give the radioactive steaks to the rich people!

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    I wonder how you can find out the origin of Beef at the grocery store. I personally don't eat seafood or meat but my family members do and so do many others. I say go vegetarian.

    • Anthony Anthony

      After I die from this garbage I'm returning to haunt the nuclear fanatics. Whatever was the point for us to support and follow food safety protocols and programs?

    • JustmeAlso

      vegetarian is a start i find as a vegan. But does being conscious about what we eat also mean the food is truly healthy? What is healthy after all is polluted?

    • aSpadeisaSpade aSpadeisaSpade


      I was wondering that myself. As I was contemplating this, it occurred to me that it might behoove all of us to start taking geiger counters (or other appropriate mesuring devices) to the grocery store and test everything in the "fresh" areas – meat, produce, dairy. This might help us to determine food safety, but more importantly, it would get attention.

      Having worked in the grocery business for twenty years, I know that strange shopping behavior quickly gets the attention of store management as well as other shoppers. Most managers would quickly ask you to stop what you are doing and leave the store. A determined reply that you are within your rights, then might cause a scene. Public scenes often get picked up by the news media…

      Once many local stations are broadcasting about such disturbances, it would get picked up nationally, and public attention about the whole fuku-travesty would snowball into a media storm which the government would not be able to stop or obfuscate.

      It's worht I try, I think.

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        I came across some fasciated flowers for sale in a local grocery store here in Florida. I asked to speak with the store manager. I pointed out the flowers to him and showed him the obvious deformities…and he shock his head and muttered somewhat. Then I insisted that he take them off the shelf with the other flower arrangements and potted plants. He was a little taken back, but he did remove them.

  • JustmeAlso

    I can imagine GE people are careful where to eat now.


      they all watch what they're eating, JustmeAlso. Monsanto doesn't serve any cafeteria food with GMO ingredients; their people won't eat it. And the high-level party members of China's Communist Party are privy to food that's sourced from areas that are pristine and free of contaminants. We're totally on our own…

      • JustmeAlso

        there is a video with a genetic engineer saying: ''that GMO potatoe? not for me''..

        How can the nuke scientists eat at all when they know?


          "How can the nuke scientists eat at all when they know?" Because, as is the case with most of us, we deny what doesn't fit-well within our individual world view. Those who may happen to develop a conscious (as to how they may be negatively effecting others and the world) are likely to move-on to other means of economic survival. Very few will risk coming-out with-what they've discovered and go-on to educate others (Gundersen being an example). The majority of us will simply go-along to get-along. And it is precisely that compliance that's fertilized our collective demise. Those at the top have lulled themselves into the illusion that life ends with death. Had they known otherwise (and they will), they'd have made every effort to make this a safe and secure environment for the children of the(ir) future. As most leave it to others to define their personal destiny, they eventually come to know the meaning of the snake eating it's own tail: we either move forward or poison ourselves with stupidity…

      • lam335 lam335

        re: "… high-level party members of China's Communist Party are privy to food that's sourced from areas that are pristine and free of contaminants."

        I'm not sure there are any places left in the world that are truly "pristine and free of contaminants."

        That's the stupidity of this. No special (i.e., powerful, well-connected) group can exempt themselves from the consequences of this forever. It's all so short-sighted.


          to a great extent, you're correct lam335. I'd just want you to keep in mind that while we're feeding our children 'tuna-surprise', they'll be dining on pre-screened (highly tested) foods. Prior to 311, we were all feeding on nuke-contaminated foodstuffs. Now, it's going to be a inverted race to minimize the cumulative intake of radionuclides. But in the aggregate, I'm inclined to agree that none of us – regardless of socioeconomic standing – are going to walk-away unscathed…

        • moonshellblue moonshellblue

          Agreed but I chose to stop eating seafood and meat many years ago but realize that everything is contaminated. To each their own.

    • JustmeAlso

      Maybe even up to the limit of being paranoid of what to eat what is not geiger-countered..

  • Trying to look on the bright side…

    At least it's being sold to 'upscale restaurants'.
    (Hopefully in Washington DC or on Wall Street.)

    If it winds up in McDonald's hamburgers, then people might revolt.

    • JustmeAlso

      hehehe, some shit is better than other shit..

    • lam335 lam335

      re: McDonalds

      … or maybe not–did you see POTR blogs recent (and very macabre) post about their midwestern regional distribution center?

      POTR blog makes clear that their conclusions are speculative, simply based on the apparent addresses of the places in question, but I'm not inclined to buy any of their food for a while just in case.

      • Weeping Lulu Weeping Lulu

        New member but old watcher, I have been watching this site and posting on Reality Check a week after, "Elvis left for a world flight to kill the planet." Sorry everyone.. Well, as if that site from the NRC does not scare the crap out of you I dare you to a challenge type in their home page search for: Corpses. Wow, that was an eye opener my nephew just lost his wife to cancer(s) at the age of 27, reading as much as I have and seen I really believe her death like many others and to come are/will be fuku related. All, I say is a prayer for us…

        • Anthony Anthony

          Hi Weeping Lulu. Sorry to read of your family's loss. After I do a few happy things this morning I will take on your search suggestion and check out that site. I find it as bizarre today as I did by March 13th that only really this readership is aware of this disaster's reach out of billions. I often consider that people OUTSIDE of the internet and communication reach do not even know 311 happened. Because you are here I know you know what I'm talking about. I know THAT is what has to change. Take care and keep writing.

  • lam335 lam335

    re: "… for the first time in 2 and a half years."

    This is an error. It has only been one and a half years since the meltdowns.

    • lam335 lam335

      My mistake. The ban wasn't for rad contamination, but for foot and mouth disease.

      Nothing was banned for rads–our Sec. of State apparently cut a deal with them not to ban Japanese products after the meltdowns. If there is any justice in the universe, perhaps the "upscale" restaurants to which they plan to send this stuff will be ones in New York and Washington that Hilary and her colleagues frequent–the very restaurants in which they cut their dirty deals over lunch.

      • many moons

        That's interesting…they will ban beef for foot and mouth disease but not radiation…why?
        Perhaps because the disease posses a threat to the industry…not the people…What in the hell do we have a Food and drug adm for???
        Was that set up to protect the taxs payers from being contaminated???
        March, riot, boycott

        • lam335 lam335

          Rad contamination of food poses a threat (from the politicians' perspective) to the nuclear industry (which provides much $$$ to campaigns).

          And, a general scare about contamination in food will hurt the economy, which is already struggling (and a weak economy is bad for re-election). At first it might seem like contamination of Japanese food wouldn't hurt US producers, but in fact calling attention to this fact might also remind people of the fact that Fuku dumped fallout across some of the US's richest agricultural areas too. The Ag industry probably has even more pull with politicians than the nuke industry.

          It's all about money and economics. None of it has anything to do with protecting the health of the people.

        • Anthony Anthony

          Excellent point!

  • Anthony Anthony

    I DO feel sorry for the plight of the Japanese through this disaster, however, I take great offence at reading that Fukushimites had any CELEBRATION of shipping their contaminated foodstuffs to my family's table.

    Maybe since Japan is so pleased with themselves adn their response to this crisis, I think its ONLY appropriate to keep your crap beef for yourselves.

    I see this is as Japanese and US governments as poisoning the people.

    Keep the radiation in Japan where it is acceptable, according to govt and citizen feedback.

  • weeman

    It's extra for radioactive Kobe beef, get it while it's hot and befor the expiry date of 2billion years.
    Good it is at upscale restaurants feed it to the idiots that got us here that is ironic. Ha ha ha good laugh.

  • JustmeAlso

    (Sarcasm on)
    Saddam was killed for less..

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    FDA excepts meat into the U.S. from Fukushima, as proven by this story.

  • Cooking Fukushima beef is not necessary, as it cooks itself.

  • PurpleRain PurpleRain

    don't believe for a minute that it will be going to any upscale restaurant. It will probably be turned into pink slime… and force fed to all of us… or else it will be packaged and sent to poor black rural neighborhoods maybe in South Carolina or Mississippi… sorry to say.

  • Sol Man

    Against humanity.

  • many moons

    We could all stop this in one day…if even 10percent of the us population said I'm not buying beef cause it might be from Fuku…th industry would cave to our desires….we go alone too much with the bullshit…why?

    • Dogleg Dogleg

      Why you ask? 95% of the US population will never hear about it because it wont be on the 5 o clock news. The other 5% are mostly convinced that there is no dangerous levels of radiation from Fukushima or our gov wouldn't let it enter our food supply.

      • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

        "95% of the US population will never hear about it because it wont be on the 5 o clock news."

        Funny that, according to the agenda 21, 95% is the population percentage UN wants to get rid of.

        • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

          But we can't rely on the national news. Look how BBC is so biased and we see manipulation all the time. That leaves us with social media such as youtube, twitter and blogs but they are trying to control that too now. Censorship is active in Japan and when people posts inconvenient facts, video, twits and blogs are deleted.

      • aSpadeisaSpade aSpadeisaSpade

        That's why we must force the news media to take notice. If everyone who can, took a geiger counter to their supermarket and checked all fresh foodstuffs for radiation, it would be impossible for the local news outlets to ignore. If the local news is talking about it, some national news outlets will pick up the stories, and, voila! the public gets educated!

  • arclight arclight

    New! -Importation Of Some Food Items From Japan Suspended -Lack of trust? -Brunei Darussalam

    Bandar Seri Begawan – The importation of certain products from Japan has been temporarily suspended by the-government as a precautionary measure to safeguard the public from radioactive contaminants in food originating from the country.

    A press release dated March 29, 2011 from the Ministry of Health (MoH) said the MoH and Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) have continuously monitored, reviewed the situation and obtained further information from regional neighbours and relevant international organisations.

    In this regard, importers and the public have been informed that the importation of certain food categories has been suspended.

    The importation of any meat, seafood, milk and milk products, fruits and vegetables (fresh and processed), tubers including potato and sweet Potato, seaweed and green tea products from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Kanagawa, Tokyo and Chiba Prefectures are temporarily suspended.

    how the rich live eh? THEY KNOW!!

    • arclight arclight


      the date of the release is


      so they sell the rubbish food to the usa via nafta as they have this last year and a half and process it down to a "reasonable bequerel level" 🙁

      and the dairy has been going into confectionery.. mixed down to Codex 🙁

      think i will put this here in case you missed it

      NAFTA, where has all Japans radiation gone?

      "Linking together the concerns of NAFTA’s many critics is a fear that multinational corporations will use the agreement to usurp power from citizens and undercut their standard of living. For Lee, the issue comes down to who will make the decisions that guide the U.S. economy and ensure the health and safety of its citizens:

      “I think the question really is, Can we take back control of the economy and manage the economy in some way to basically put a leash on the behavior of multinational corporations?’” she says."

      • arclight arclight

        blimey -bad daate day
        the last article was from 1992 the other date is for the first recent article about the rich in Brunei not getting cesiumed up! :/

        on my list of places to get food from now though.. :/

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      What country was that? At least whichever country is being smart and safe and hopefully looking out for it's people. (Maybe we should all move there)! (…joking…)

  • arclight arclight

    talking of NAFTA and the usa not testing.. canada are doing some testing it seems..

    Breaking! Radioactive kitchenware shipment ordered out of Canada -Global problem?

    According to the order issued to Hanjin Shipping Canada, the utensils inside the two-cubic-foot box are contaminated with Cobalt-60, a radioactive isotope often used for medical radiation.
    The Canadian Borders Services Agency (CBSA) found the merchandise during routine scans performed on incoming cargo.
    Régimbald said the kitchenware’s radioactivity could stem from a failure to properly recycle medical devices.
    “There could have been a source that is used in medical devices,” he said. “[Devices] to treat cancer, are very high-level sources and thereplacement and disposal…is extremely regulated and it is possible that the source was inadvertently misplaced or misdisposed and found its way in the recycling industry, was melted with other metals and the metal was used to produce all sorts of manufactured goods.”

    breaking.. kitchenware.. 🙂

    • arclight arclight

      ummm from that last link..

      “I think it shows that our regulator is really lax, that they don’t act very quickly and also act with a lot of due deliberation because simply sending it back to where it came from, there’s no guarantee that it won’t be sent to some other consumer somewhere else in the world.”


    • Anthony Anthony

      Traced back to India in this case. Don't be quick to give big props to Canada – we tested 12 salmon and declared there is nothing *Fuku* to worry about in the entire Pacific Fishery. Thick as Thieves.

  • Dogleg Dogleg

    Is there any way to find out where the food comes from that is served at the White House? You can bet Sasha and Malia are not eating Kobe beef and washing it down with Hawaiian dairy. Pretty sure they weren't served any of the produce grown in the White House garden either. Can this info be obtained through FOIA?

  • Mack Mack

    FYI everyone —>

    RE: WENDY's fast food restaurants:

    "The beef at Wendy’s restaurants is nothing but pure, 100% North American beef, always fresh and never frozen.*"–Beef-/

  • arclight arclight

    Japan resumes beef exports to U.S.
    Jiji Press

    U.S.-bound exports of Japanese beef have resumed as the U.S. government has approved Japan's measures to keep its beef safe from radioactive contamination, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said Friday.

    Japanese beef exports to the United States were suspended in April 2010 due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Japan.

    Washington had announced that it would resume beef imports from Japan starting with meat processed from Aug. 18 onwards.

    However, the resumption was put off since the United States wanted to spend more time researching Japan's measures to protect its beef from radioactive substances following the severe crisis that began at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011.

    (Aug. 25, 2012)

    more time?? about 6 weeks?? whats different??

    • Anthony Anthony

      By deflecting the issues to the Foot and Mouth – the govt is actually simply spinning the issue with the public away from 311 reality. Simple as that.

  • arclight arclight

    This letter is addressed to Authorities for Border Inspection Posts (BIPs) and Designated Points of Entry (DPEs), Chief Port Health Officers and Nominated Officers in England.

    I am writing to inform you that a new information RASFF on Japan has been published (11-653-add37). The Commission have moved to clarify that personal import of feed and food should not fall under the remit of Regulation (EU) No 284/2012. Whilst this is only guidance, a legal exemption is likely to the issued on the next review of the legislation, which is expected after the summer.


  • If they do this then it's the first nail in the coffin of the American Restaurant Industry.

  • Mack Mack

    These journalists/stories leave so many questions unanswered…

    1. Exactly which restaurants are selling this beef?

    2. Will the restaurants be told it's beef from Fukushima?

    3. Are the cattle being slaughtered in the U.S.? If so, won't that contaminate slaughtering equipment, slaughterhouses, and expose butchers to radiation, etc.

    4. Will customers be told they are eating beef from Fukushima?

    5. Will restaurants cook this beef separately from everything else on their grills…..will it contaminate other food at the restaurant?

    6. How much and which radiation is in this cattle?

    7. How much of it will be served to a customer?

    8. Which radioisotopes are customers eating?

  • arclight arclight

    oh and beef is a VERY small percentage of japanese exports heres an earlier pie chart giving you an idea of where the majority goes..

    so this news report is just smoke and mirrors.. imo

  • Jebus Jebus

    Is it any less radioactive than a year ago???

    Japan Acknowledges Radioactive Beef Sold to Markets, Restaurants
    July 12, 2011

    Japan Won't Rule Out Possibility Radioactive Fukushima Beef Was Exported
    Jul 20, 2011

    24 years after Chernobyl, wild boars in Germany are still radioactive…

    Radioactive Wild Boars Increase in Number
    Aug 4, 2010

    A Quarter Century after Chernobyl Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany

    It doesn't go away, it bioaccumulates!

  • Sickputer

    I am sure the astute ranchers in Fukushima have used some tricks to try and lower the internal contamination of cesium137. They have learned this from the Europeans post-Chernobyl. Still dealing with infected meat nearly 3 decades later:

    "The Norwegian health authorities require that the radioactive concentration of Cs in commercially marketed sheep meat must not exceed 600 Bqkg−1. To comply with this requirement, it may be necessary to transfer the animals from the field some time before slaughtering, and in this period to feed them with fodder having with a low content of radioactive caesium."

    In the spring of 2012 Norwegian news media ran stories about radioactivity due to 137Cs in the vegetation of Norwegian mountain areas, and in the meat from reindeer and sheep grazing in these areas. The activity could be traced back to the emission from the nuclear power station in Chernobyl in April 1986, which lead to an airborne radioactive contamination with 131I, 134Cs, 137Cs and other radionuclides…

    "The fall of 2011 was a good year for mushrooms in Norway…. In some areas the radioactive 137Cs concentration in sheep meat was found to exceed 4000 Bq kg"

    The Japanese manipulate the cow cesium values down below 100 bq/kg using feeding schemes. That doesn't mean the other deadly isotopes are missing… Nucleocrats never mention the taboo words strontium-90 or plutonium.

  • Mack Mack

    —- Highly recommended that everyone reads this to see what levels of radiation are "allowed" in U.S. food —->

    —- For example, 'FDA derived intervention levels (DILs) for all components of the diet:'

    " Radionuclide Group — Bq/kg — pCi/kg

    Sr-90 160 4320
    I-131 170 4590
    Cs-134 + Cs-137 1200 32,400
    Pu-238 + Pu-239 + Am-241 2 54 "

    —- Then scroll down to "Table E-6" to see the DIL levels for another 15 radionuclides allowed in food.

    —- Then scroll down to "Table D-5" to see the DIL for different age groups.

    For example, the DIL for Cesium-137 for a 3-month infant is 2,000 Bq/kg. Two thousand.

    Didn't ENENews just have a story on how 11 Bq/kg of Cesium-137 can cause heart problems in children —>

    It also says something interesting:

    "The blending of contaminated food with uncontaminated food is not permitted because this is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDA 1991)."

    Aren't they blending food all of the time now?

    Read. Learn.

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Does any of this really matter, Mack? If its published by the FDH or EPA, then it is only enforceable by THEM using THEIR secret readings done at THEIR leisure. Can you go to any EPA site right now and tell me how much Cs-137 is in your air or your soil?

      DILs and PAGs are being revised right now. This has been all over the news, right?

      They'll have loopholes in loopholes – like limited time of enforcement: the DILs are good for a year after an accident. Another one: they only apply to certain people (within the exclusion zone or some nonsense like that). In any case, they will have exceptions to weasel out of actually doing anything about excessive levels.

      EPA and FDA: Like having a mortician and and undertaker regulate 'safe' levels of each poison you can eat or inhale. "Just a little bit of each won't hurt you… I PROMISE…"

      • Mack Mack

        Of course it matters!

        It matters a lot in this sense —->

        Knowledge is power.

        Knowledge of something is how we make our decisions.

        People like to make decisions based on all available information.

        It matters because if food on the shelves have "X" amount of rads in it, everyone should be aware of this and base their eating habits as best they can on this, if they choose to do so.

        It matters because if they're allowing 2,000 Bq/kg of cesium-137 in infant food, and 11 Bq/kg of cesium-137 can cause heart problems in a child, then it matters if a child develops heart problems.

        Just like another page from the same site shows what foods uptake more radiation or less radiation based on Chernobyl —->

        That matters to people who want to eat less contaminated food.

        (Hint: Tea uptakes a lot and eggs uptake much less.)

        Many people learned that milk had a lot of Iodine-131, so they stopped drinking milk, eating pizza, ice cream, etc.

        And they learned that leafy vegetables initially uptake radiation. So they cut that out of their diets.

        So yes, every bit of information matters so you can make adjustments in decisions.

        Now, does it matter in the sense that the EPA or FDA is suddenly going to care about people over industry?


  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    "…Aren't they blending food all of the time now?…"

    They blend away excessive radiation levels in milk, but you're not suppose to know that.

    Try buying fresh milk directly from a farmer and you, the cow and the farmer will all be sent to a FEMA camp and forced to watch CNN.