On Wednesday, March 23, the Japanese Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said that levels of radioactive iodine in Tokyo tap water were found to be twice the level deemed safe for infants.
Just hours after government officials announced plans to import bottled water and distribute it to tens of thousands of parents, it recinded the claim, saying radiation levels had fallen below the safety point of 100 becquerels per kilogram.
Despite the fact that Japan’s leading ob-gyn organization said pregnant and nursing women should continue to drink tap water, bottled water will continue to be distributed to households with young children.
These mixed messages are no doubt confusing and alarming to the people of Japan, who consequently cleared store shelves of all available bottled water.
On top of fears that Japan’s tap water supply could be too toxic for human consumption, there are now reports that the radioactive contamination is affecting seawater near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant as well.
According to TheWeek.com:
The Tokyo Electric Power Company found that the level of radioactive iodine in water 1,100 feet from the plant was 126 times the legal amount, and cesium levels were 24 times higher than normal. Water tested some 10 miles away from the plant contained up to 16 times the legal level of radioactive elements.
Scientists warn that although some of these contaminants will break down naturally over time, scientists warn that cesium could infiltrate the marine food chain, further jeopardizing Japan’s massive seafood industry.
Radiation from the Fukushima explosion has already seeped into raw milk, seawater and 11 kinds of vegetables, including broccoli, cauliflower and turnips, from areas around the plant.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that these products would be temporarily blocked from entering the country.
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