Radioactive Beef Found in Japan

Beef from six radioactive Fukushima cows was sold and probably eaten in Japan. It has been reported the beef came from  from a farmer in Minami Soma city, which is near Fukushima, about sixteen miles north.

A Japanese official said, “If we were to eat the meat everyday, then it would probably be dangerous,” but he also added in small amounts it probably wouldn’t cause long-term harm.  (Source: CNN) How about not eating radioactive meat at all?

Meat from another batch of eleven cows from the same farm was found to also have high cesium levels. When the farm was investigated some of the cattle feed was found to have cesium levels well over fifty times more than the maxium allowed by the government. The cesium might have been introduced into the cows from radioactive hay. (In April tests for cesium levels in beef were negative.)

Some cow farms in Japan have been said to go to great lengths to raise their animals for the production of high-quality meat, “Every cattle farmer in Japan has his own method of indulging their cows, from secret blends of soybeans, tofu byproduct or sake mash in the feed; mineral water to drink; and daily walks and supposed beer massages to encourage fat distribution. Some even play classical music to relax the animals, while making sure they receive plenty of time in the sun.” (Source:

Minami Soma City has a population of about 71,000 and as of April had lost approximately 400 to death due to the emergency with 1,100 missing. Minami Soma City’s mayor actually recorded a plea for help on video in March and it was uploaded to YouTube.

The dismantling of the nuclear power plant will take decades said Japan’s prime minister. The reactor meltdowns are the worst nuclear emergency in decades.

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Ruth R.
Ruth R.3 years ago

It would be interesting to have radio-active levels measured all around the world, since the winds and currents go to certain places -- from the many nuclear plants and weapons places.

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

No surprise there!

Angela N.
Angela N.3 years ago

thank you :)

Ana R3 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson3 years ago


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Selkie Paget3 years ago

This article is all over the place jumping from the subject to radioactive meat, to the classical music to relax the cows, then back to the disaster...I would not have put my name on it

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons3 years ago

The news article is from July last year.

Patricia Geraldes

No surprises, thanks for the article.

Hartson Doak
Hartson Doak3 years ago

More and more of these radioactive contaminated foods will eventually come out. With the huge amount of contaminated water that went back into the ocean, I would think all the seafood is now radioactive, The top predator fish, like tuna, will concentrate these isotopes and become inedible. Maybe this is what saves them from extinction.

paula eaton
paula eaton3 years ago

This just gives me another reason to stay on the vegetarian path.