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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Japan : UPDATE 2: Kan warns against eating Fukushima vegetables over radiation

Another article from Kyodo News :

" Prime Minister Naoto Kan warned consumers Wednesday against eating leaf vegetables such as spinach harvested in Fukushima Prefecture in the first measure involving food consumption to be taken since radioactive materials far exceeding legal limits were found in vegetables there.

The order will take effect ''for the time being,'' government officials said. Top Japanese government spokesman Yukio Edano said the warning is a precaution, denying the radiation levels could pose an immediate risk to human health.

The prefecture is home to a nuclear plant that has been crippled by the devastating March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami and caused radiation leaks.

Edano, chief Cabinet secretary, said in a news conference that the readings on radioactive substances in these vegetables have been going up.

Edano sought to allay unnecessary fears, saying that Japan has a ''strict safety standard'' compared to other nations and will seek a ''rational response'' from them after explaining the facts."

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