20 Mar '11, 9am

Radiation detected in Japanese food

OSAKA: Japan has again detected "abnormal levels" of radiation in milk and spinach taken from areas near a quake-hit nuclear plant, government spokesman Yukio Edano said Sunday, urging consumers to stay calm. The new tainted samples of milk were found at four sites in Fukushima prefecture, where the stricken power station is located, while one new contaminated sample of spinach was found in neighbouring Ibaraki, Edano said. The announcement -- the second in as many days -- is certain to fuel public anxiety about the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Tokyo, and its impact on health. But Edano insisted the public was not at risk. "Even if (radiation) levels are superior, just because they are higher once, twice, over several days, this does not mean they pose health risks, even during a lifetime... So I would like everyone t...

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