Articles

Expertsii » home-garden » Radiation In Rice In Japan Higher Than In Previous Tests

Radiation In Rice In Japan Higher Than In Previous Tests

Radiation has been found in rice in Japan near the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant which is higher than previous results.

Radiation has been found in rice in Japan near the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant which is higher than previous results.

Tests on rice grown near the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant in Japan has been found to contain higher levels of radiation than previously, and government officials have ordered more tests.

The Japanese regulations consider that rice which has up to 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram is safe for eating, but some of the unharvested rice sampled contained exactly this amount, officials said on Saturday. Crops, the land and the sea was contaminated after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Plant in Fukushima Prefecture in eastern Japan was crippled by the earthquake and following tsunami which struck the region on 11 March. This caused power stoppages, and overheating of three of the core reactors there.

Since the disaster, the government has been testing fish, vegetables and other foods for radiation, but the highest level of radiation previously recorded was 136 becquerels per kilogram, according to prefecture officials.

Food contamination has been a big concern of residents of Japan, especially as it was unclear in the early days after the disaster whether reports of radiation leaks were valid or not. Some countries have now stopped the importation of some of Japanese foods, and that number may increase as a result of this report.

Posted by

Pat has a lifelong passion for home and garden, cultivating her own extensive lawns and gardens and providing interior decorating advice.

Filed under: home-garden · Tags: , , , , , , ,