July 18th, 2011
Econintersect: The Japanese government's nuclear disaster task force is set to suspend shipments of beef cattle from Fukushima Prefecture, where the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant reactors are spewing radiation, amid concern that some beef from a local farm was found to be contaminated with radioactive cesium after being fed with tainted straw. According to The Japan Times the government is expected to issue a suspension order on Tuesday. And the area subject to suspension of shipments may eventually cover a larger area due to the possible distribution of contminated animal feed.
Follow up:From The Japan Times:
The government may expand the area that beef cattle shipments would be subject to suspension beyond Fukushima Prefecture, where it plans to soon impose the curbs, senior vice health minister Kohei Otsuka said Sunday.
"We are currently considering Fukushima Prefecture, but we may have to consider the need for further response by checking the distribution of contaminated straw," Otsuka said on a TV program.
The Japan Times says that Kyodo News has reported that up to 143 cows may have been exposed to radioactive cesium. These cows have been shipped to at least 37 prefectures.
Source: The Japan Times