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Japan: Radiation leaks result in grazing cattle ban

Japan has asked farmers to keep dairy cows and beef cattle in barns, as radioactive contamination of milk has been found in milk from Fukushima prefecture, site of the damaged and leaking nuclear plant.

“To prevent milk contamination, we are advising farmers that cows should be barred from grazing, kept inside barns and fed with grass harvested before the nuclear plant accident,” said Mitsuhiro Honda at the milk and dairy products division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. “We are not concerned about the safety of beef as the meat now on the market came from animals born more than two years ago.”

Japan has restricted raw-milk shipments from Fukushima and neighboring Ibaraki prefecture after tainted products were discovered through random testing.

“We don’t see eggs and pork at high risk of radioactive contamination because chickens and pigs are raised within facilities that shield them from the air and rain,” Takenobu Aida at the ministry’s livestock production and feed divisions, said. “The products should be safe if animals are fed with uncontaminated feed and water.”

Japan has asked farmers to keep dairy cows and beef cattle in barns, as radioactive contamination of milk has been found in milk from Fukushima prefecture, site of the damaged and leaking nuclear plant.

“To prevent milk contamination, we are advising farmers that cows should be barred from grazing, kept inside barns and fed with grass harvested before the nuclear plant accident,” said Mitsuhiro Honda at the milk and dairy products division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. “We are not concerned about the safety of beef as the meat now on the market came from animals born more than two years ago.”

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Japan has restricted raw-milk shipments from Fukushima and neighboring Ibaraki prefecture after tainted products were discovered through random testing.

“We don’t see eggs and pork at high risk of radioactive contamination because chickens and pigs are raised within facilities that shield them from the air and rain,” Takenobu Aida at the ministry’s livestock production and feed divisions, said. “The products should be safe if animals are fed with uncontaminated feed and water.”

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