Sunday, August 21, 2011

Japan Decides Not to Lift Shipping Ban of Fukushima Beef

NHK: More contaminated cows from Fukushima
Beef from 5 more cows from a Fukushima farm has been found to be contaminated with radioactive cesium in excess of the government-set safety limit.

The revelation by Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday followed reports one day earlier that beef from 4 cows from the same farm had been found to contain radioactive cesium twice the safety standard.

This prompted the central government on Friday to put off lifting a shipment ban on Fukushima beef...

MAJIA HERE: GOOD NEWS AGAIN. Perhaps the activism of Japanese citizens is finally forcing their government to re-consider their extremely negligent approach toward food safety.

A week or so ago I posted about the lack of any national system in Japan for checking the radiation in food consumed by the country or exported. Establishing such a system and funding it adequately should be a priority.

Failure to establish such a system is going to hurt Japan economically.

For instance, last night my son and I were discussing the Japanese candy that he loves. I purchased it at Christmas time from Cost Plus, a store that specializes in imports.

Even if the US remains negligent in checking food imported from Japan, retailers such as Cost Plus are going to be wary of ordering Japanese labeled products for fear those products will not sell.

It is only by taking a very proactive approach toward ensuring safety that Japan will be able to save its food exports and perhaps other types of exports as well as stories of radioactive electronics circulate across the web.

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