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: Asiaatlering.com)
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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