19 Jul '11, 6am

Japan set to halt beef shipments from Fukushima

Japan set to halt beef shipments from Fukushima

Cattle feed on straw which have been declared safe by the Fukushima prefectural government, at a farm in the town of Miharu , Fukushima Prefecture July 16, 2011. Cattle in the prefecture fed with straw contaminated with radioactive cesium have been shipped to other prefectures. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TOKYO - JAPAN'S government is poised to halt all shipments of beef from Fukushima after beef from cows that ate feed contaminated with radioactive material up to 500 times higher than safety standards was shipped domestically, officials said on Tuesday. More than 500 cows that ate straw contaminated by radioactive cesium have been shipped to other parts of Japan, initial inspections of the area's farms have showed. Incidents of contaminated vegetables, tea, milk, seafood and water have stoked public anxiety after Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi plant leaked radiation fo...

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