18 Feb '12, 3am

Japan sets stricter cesium limits for food

Japan sets stricter cesium limits for food

By Tsuyoshi Nakamura and Eiji Noyori The Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network Saturday, Feb 18, 2012 The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry held firm to its original proposal for new, tougher limits on radioactive cesium in food. However, the science ministry's Radiation Council has said the new regulatory limits for milk and baby food items are too strict. Despite the criticism, the council approved new limits that are far tougher than the current provisional limits. The health ministry plans to apply the new limits in accordance with its original proposal for food, drinking water, milk, and baby foods starting in April, but some observers voiced concerns they could cause trouble for food producers and inspection arrangements. According to the health ministry's proposal approved Thursday by the Radiation Council of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minis...

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