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Radioactive beef found in Japan

Now the Japanese have something else to worry about. Radioactive cesium has been found in beef, and it exceeded 60 times the legal limit, the Province reported today.

Reportedly, 373.15 kilograms (823 lbs.) of the meat was shipped by a farm in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture and was possibly sold to unwary consumers.

According to the Province, the meat was marketed in Tokyo and "at least 11 other prefectures, with Akita, Chiba and Hyogo prefectures newly added to the list."

"The fact that these contaminated meats that exceeded our regulation limit was distributed to the market was very unfortunate," said Noriyuki Shikata, spokesperson for the prime minister's office, told Voice of America.

"From the government point of view, we will be working on strengthening the monitoring in close collaboration with the municipalities and, of course, the government ministries in charge."

Officials blame a rancher who fed the cattle radioactive rice straw after being told not to, said VOA. They believe that the straw was exposed to radiation after Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant disaster in March.

Authorities believe that the beef is not dangerous as it would be consumed in small amounts.

The municipal Fujisawa Health Center in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture told the Province that a meat retailer in that city had bought 304.5 kilograms (671.3 lbs.) of the meat. That's practically a cow.

"At supermarkets here in Tokyo where items from the affected region are carried and certified safe to eat, they have been discounted but do not appear to be selling well," prints VOA.

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