Radiation in Japan's Food Supply

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) -- Contamination from Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear complex has seeped into the food chain.

Health officials say radiation levels in spinach and milk from farms near the facility exceed government safety limits. But the officials insist the small amounts of radiation -- with traces also found in tap water in Tokyo -- pose no immediate health threat.

Meanwhile, the government says the situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, while still unpredictable, appears to be coming under control after near-constant dousing of water to prevent spent fuel rods from burning up.

Emergency teams using an unmanned vehicle to spray water targeting the most at-risk of the plant's six reactors launched a new round Sunday, aimed at the plant's Unit 4.

Crews are also preparing to switch power back on for the first time since a March 11 earthquake and tsunami knocked out the plant's crucial cooling systems.But there's no guarantee the cooling systems will still work.


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  • by Max on Mar 21, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    where is unit 731 when you need them
  • by Rads on Mar 21, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    @JHR2525, Do you have any idea how much irradiated food we eat in America?? It's not irradiated on accident, it's on purpose to kill pathogens and has been allowed by the FDA since the early 60's. It not only kills pathogens, but lessens the amount of healthy nutrients and at times can cause an overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Great, right? And who knows what sort of nasty side effects it gives us after decades of consumption!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    JHR2525 - as if American grown food isn't contaminated with other poisons? Pick your poison folks... domestic or imported.
  • by JHR2525 Location: FLORIDA on Mar 20, 2011 at 06:55 AM
    WHY DO WE IMPORT THIS KIND OF FOOD? WE DO/CAN GROW OUR OWN VERY WELL SK YOU REPRESENATIVES FOR A ANSWER! IS IT LIKE THE FORIEGN OIL BUSINESS CORRUPTION? THIS KIND OF RADIATION IS NOT GOOD FOR US, FOLKS ---IN ANY AMOUNT. BUY AND EAT AMERICAN-GROWN FOOD.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2011 at 08:56 PM in reply to JHR2525
      we need to start doing alot of things on our on. Gas, oil, clothes, cars, everything.
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