Japanese Milk and Spinach Infected with Nuclear Radiation

The Japanese government instructed the governors of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma Prefectures on Monday to restrict shipments of their spinach due to radiation leaks from an earthquake-hit nuclear power plant in Fukushima.

Under law, the government also instructed Fukushima Prefecture to suspend shipments of raw milk produced in the northern Japan prefecture.

Radioactive materials exceeding government safety limits have been detected in raw milk produced in Fukushima and spinach made in Ibaraki.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan issued the instruction. The instruction also affects “kakina” green leafy vegetables produced in Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said at a news conference, however, that consuming the vegetables or raw milk does not pose a health threat, urging people not to overreact.

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