Japan’s Nameko mushrooms have been recently enlisted in the food chain scare as it has been detected of radiation contamination emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The findings came as the country is strengthening and expanding efforts to contain the effects of the disaster.
Grown in Soma, about 40 km north of the Fukushima plant, Nameko mushrooms were tested and found to contain nine times the legal limit of cesium, local government said Aug. 12.
The farm ministry has instructed growers in Fukushima Prefecture to stop harvesting mushrooms from raw wood that is in open air.
Lacking a centralized system for detecting radiation contamination, the government of Japan is under pressure to improve efforts on food inspections.
Meanwhile, Japan’s rice crops in around two-thirds of Japan’s prefectures are now planned to be tested for contamination. About 50 percent of Japan’s rice is produced within the breadth of emissions from the damaged nuclear plant. Local farmers await the results of the tests on rice crops before the scheduled harvest this month.
Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano previously said that the government is strengthening its inspection on rice to ensure that only safe produce reaches the market.
In an earlier report, the government of Japan through Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto made a standing order for the ministry to refrain from vouching for the safety of Japanese food following findings that radiation-tainted beef had been sold to consumers nationwide. The announcement was seen as a complete turnaround on government policy concerning food safety in the country.
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