According the the Yomiuri daily, farmers from Fukushima have been allowed to sell radioactive beef in Japan that has now been consumed by the unlucky persons who bought the meat for their dinner. What is amazing is that nay beef at all is being processed from the Fukushima region. Let alone the rest of the country which has been bathed in the Toxic Cloud of Death for the past 4 months since the unprecedented nuclear disaster began.
The meat of several cows tainted with radioactive cesium was marketed in Tokyo and eight prefectures, and some of the meat has already been consumed, according to the Tokyo metropolitan government and other organizations.
The distribution of the meat was noticed only after radioactive cesium beyond the provisional legal limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram was detected Saturday in the meat of 11 other cows the same farm shipped to a meatpacking plant in Tokyo.
Before shipping the 11 cows, the farm in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, had already shipped another six cows in the period from May 30 to June 30 to places including the meatpacking plant in Shibaura, Minato Ward, Tokyo.
The Tokyo metropolitan government checked the meat that was still in storage and detected radioactive cesium at levels up to 3,400 becquerels per kilogram from the meat of one cow. This is 6.8 times the government-set limit.
The government also checked receipts kept by the distributors involved and found the beef had been shipped to wholesalers and retailers in Tokyo and Kanagawa, Osaka, Shizuoka and Ehime prefectures.
Furthermore, through wholesalers in Ehime and other prefectures, the beef was distributed to Hokkaido, Aichi, Tokushima and Kochi prefectures.
Of about 28 kilograms of beef that a Shizuoka meatpacking company purchased, about 15 kilograms had already been consumed, and radioactive cesium at a level of 1,998 becquerels per kilogram was detected in part of the remaining 13 kilograms.
In Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Yokohama, a total of at least 190 kilograms of beef shipped from the Minami-Soma farmer was sold to retailers and restaurants, according to the Tokyo government and other organizations.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry and the Fukushima prefectural government Sunday detected radioactive cesium at a level of 75,000 becquerels per kilogram in straw stored outdoors at the farm.
The legal limit for radioactive cesium in raw livestock feed, such as pasture plants, is 300 becquerels. If the dried straw given to those cows were converted back to raw plants, its radiation level would be equivalent to 17,045 becquerels.
On Monday, the agriculture ministry and the Fukushima prefectural government said they had detected radioactive cesium at levels about 57 times higher than the government limit in straw at the farm the 11 cows came from.