Title: Radiation testing on school lunches differs
Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun
Date: Jan 28, 2012
[...] According to data compiled by the Fukushima prefectural board of education, 33 of the 59 municipalities in the prefecture test school lunches for radiation.
Using two radiation measuring instruments, the Koriyama municipal government checks school lunches only once a week, although ingredients left over from lunches on the other four school days also are tested. This means that some tests are carried out after the schoolchildren have eaten their lunch. [...]
Parents are puzzled why some local governments conduct tests after the children have already eaten lunch, while others do so before lunch.
“It’s strange why municipalities use different testing methods,” a 37-year-old woman living in Koriyama said. “They should test the ingredients before children have lunch.”
The woman, who has a 7-year-old daughter, said that in the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant she stopped her daughter from drinking milk with her school lunch. [...]
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Published: January 28th, 2012 at 2:18 pm ET
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