The chickens come home from Fukushima to roost… err… beef

Well some time back I said that we would see the ramification of Fukushima’s radiological contamination continue. Now it is reaching Japan’s food chain. The Yomiuri Shimbun notes. that Radioactive beef has been sold … and eaten.

The meat of several cows tainted with radioactive cesium was marketed in Tokyo and eight prefectures, and some of the meat has already been consumed, according to the Tokyo metropolitan government and other organizations.

The distribution of the meat was noticed only after radioactive cesium beyond the provisional legal limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram was detected Saturday in the meat of 11 other cows the same farm shipped to a meatpacking plant in Tokyo….

The farmer who owned the 11 cows was found to have told a Minami-Soma city government official that he had fed his cows the straw on his farm because he could not obtain mixed feed from a fodder provider for about a month after the March 11 quake.

According to the ministry, the straw that was fed to the 11 cows was harvested last autumn at a rice paddy owned by the farmer and had been kept outside until early April–a month after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami caused the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Since then, the farmer had fed each of his cows 1.5 kilograms of straw each day until early July.

Unbelievable loss of control over the food safety chain.


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