Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fukushima Rice NOT ok

Japan Today: Fukushima rice given all-clear after radiation tests
[excerpted] "The Fukushima prefectural government said Thursday that all newly harvested rice in the prefecture has passed inspection tests for radioactive substances and gave the go-ahead for the rice to be sold nationwide.

"Radioactive levels in rice harvested in 1,700 locations in 48 municipalities outside the 20-km no-go zone around the stricken nuclear plant in the prefecture were below the government’s set limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram, NHK reported.

"The highest level was 470 becquerels per kilogram in Nihonmatsu. The prefectural government will buy that rice for research purposes, NHK reported. Elsewhere, the level of radiation was no higher than 110 becquerels per kilogram...."

Majia here: Enenews has a story that demonstrates how outrageous this limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram is, particularly given how much rice is consumed in Japan.

Enenews: Belarus Expert: Radiation limits too high after Fukushima — Japan allows 20 times more cesium in drinking water than near Chernobyl

"Vladimir Babenko is deputy director of the Belrad Institute of Radiation Safety in the former Soviet republic of Belarus. Babneko advised local residents after the meltdown at Chernobyl, just across the Belarus border in Ukraine.

He noted that the allowable limit of 200 becquerels per kilogram of cesium in Japan drinking water is 20 times as high as the maximum allowable level in Belarus."

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