Farmer who unknowingly shipped radioactive rice says prefecture's testing not enough


  • Farmer who unknowingly shipped radioactive rice says prefecture's testing not enough

    DATE, Fukushima -- "I shipped my crops trusting Fukushima Prefecture's declaration about crop safety. It's really a shame that things turned out as they have," says farmer Ichiko Takahashi, whose rice was found to be over the government's radiation limit after part of it was sold to consumers.

    "If the testing methods are not changed, the same problem (of crops over the government limit making it through) will happen again."

    Even after the prefecture made its announcement that crops were safe in October, Takahashi had doubts that the radiation tests were sufficient and brought her crops in herself for testing. The results she received on Nov. 18 were under the provisional government limit of 500, but not by much, at 476 becquerels of cesium.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jpm