Fukushima government eyes drastic measure on cattle after cesium scare
July 10, 2011
FUKUSHIMA, Japan – As excessive levels of radioactive cesium have been detected in beef cattle shipped from near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the Fukushima prefectural government is considering asking livestock farmers to voluntarily stop shipping cows, officials said Saturday.
The request would apply to cattle in areas that have been designated as “emergency evacuation preparation zones,” which lie mostly between 12.42 and 18.64 miles from the nuclear plant.
Radioactive cesium exceeding government-set limits was detected in 11 cows shipped in May and June from a part of Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, that is located within one of the emergency evacuation preparation zones. All 11 cows were shipped by the same farmer.
According to the prefectural government, a total of 2,924 beef cattle have been shipped from the designated areas since late April.