Japan set to halt beef shipments from Fukushima

By REUTERS
July 19, 2011 09:34

 
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TOKYO - Japan's government is poised to halt all shipments of beef from Fukushima after beef from cows that ate feed contaminated with radioactive material up to 500 times higher than safety standards was shipped domestically, officials said on Tuesday.

More than 500 cows that ate straw contaminated by radioactive cesium have been shipped to other parts of Japan, initial inspections of the area's farms have showed.

Incidents of contaminated vegetables, tea, milk, seafood and water have stoked public anxiety after Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi plant leaked radiation following a devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

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