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More Food Testing Needed

Tokyo, 28th 2011

by Mika Omura / Asahi Shinbun

Since the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, concerns have increased about radiation contamination of food products.

With the problem likely to be around for a number of years, Ikuro Anzai, professor emeritus at Ritsumeikan University who specialized in radiation protection, was asked about measures that can be taken.

Excerpts of the interview follow:

Question: What are your views about the current state of food contamination?

Anzai: Sufficient testing is not being conducted. On top of that, beef from cattle that ate rice straw that exceeded government standards was distributed on a national basis. Although the central government said it would not allow food to reach the market if it contained radiation that exceeded provisional standards, concerns are being raised as to whether that promise is being kept. The most important issue right now is that the sense of trust among consumers is being hurt.  Read more on this story …

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