Over-limit radioactive materials found in 11 types of vegetable in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture

March 23rd, 2011 - 1:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Tokyo, Mar 23 (ANI): The Japanese Health Ministry has said that 11 types of vegetable grown in Fukushima Prefecture, including broccoli and cabbage, have been found contaminated with radioactive materials extensively exceeding legal limits set under the food sanitation law.
The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry have urged consumers not to eat theese 11 types of vegetables, also including spinach and the ‘komatsuna’ leaf vegetable produced in the already troubled prefecture, the Kyodo news agency reports.

The prefecture’s vegetables grown in open-air environments are being distributed by the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations, and JA Zen-Noh. No shipments of these vegetables have been made since Monday based on a special law for dealing with the nuclear disaster.

The ministry further claimed that the consumption of 100 grams of the vegetable with the largest detected amount of radioactive materials for about 10 days, would be equal to ingesting half the amount of radiation a person typically receives from the natural environment in a year.

The ministry detected 82,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium in ‘kukitachina’ leaves from Motomiya, which is 164 times more than the set limit, and 15,000 becquerels of radioactive iodine which is more than seven times the limit.

The ministry also detected a level of cesium drastically exceeding the limit in some of the other vegetables, it said.

Radioactive materials beyond the limit were found in raw milk in Mito and Kawachi collected from to Monday in Ibaraki Prefecture. (ANI)

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