Thursday, January 8, 2015

Japan: rice passes for the first time in tests of radioactivity from the disaster of Fukushima

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Since the disaster of Fukushima, in 2011, the rice grown in Japan showed high levels of radioactivity. This year, and for the first time since the nuclear disaster, the rice harvested presents levels of radioactivity under safety standards implemented by the Japanese Government.

Government sources indicated that 360,000 tons of rice were verified and all showed levels of radioactivity under 100 becquerels, the value stipulated by the Government. "The fact that the amount of rice that does not pass our tests has been consistently declining over the last three years indicates that we are taking the right decisions," indicates Oonami Tsuneaki, government official, cites the Inhabitat.

After the nuclear disaster of Fukushima, the Japan was forced to suspend its exports agricultural and fishing, which severely damaged the country's farmers and fishermen. The restrictions have now been lifted, but due to the constant radiation leaks from several central countries, particularly South Korea, still do not import food products from Japan.

Photo: Narcís Molina Montasell / Creative Commons

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