Japanese cattle farms sell radio active beef

Published On July 17, 2011 | By Matt Gratz | Government

Japanese officials are struggling to determine the scope of the problem of radiation in the local meat supply and prevent further contamination- media report.

The government prepared to suspend cattle shipments from Fukushima amid a growing tally of cows that fed on rice straw containing high levels of radioactive cesium.

The straw was harvested from rice paddies after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered the release of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Meat from the exposed cows has already reached some consumers in Japan. Eighty-four cows were shipped from five beef cattle farms in Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday. Tests confirmed they were fed with radioactive hay.

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