Radioactive Cesium In World Famous Matsusaka Beef Far Over Safety Limit

Radioactive Cesium from World-Famous Super Premium Matsusaka Beef (EX-SKF, July 21, 2011):

The Matsusaka cows ate the rice hay from Miyagi Prefecture that was contaminated with radioactive cesium far exceeding the provisional safety limit for the cattle feed (300 becquerels/kg).

Matsusaka beef is from cows grown exclusively in Matsusaka in Mie Prefecture, and it commands high premium for its marvelous taste and texture due to high fat content rivaling Kobe beef, or so I hear. I’ve never eaten any of the premium “wagyu” Japanese beef in my life because they are so expensive. Maybe now there’s a chance to get them at a reasonable price, if I don’t mind cesium.

From NHK Japanese (1:16PM JST 7/22/2011):

肉 牛の餌の稲わらから国の目安を超える放射性セシウムが相次いで検出されている問題で、新たに三重県の松阪 牛の飼育農家の稲わらからも国の目安のおよそ20倍に当たる放射性セシウムが検出されました。すでに出荷された牛のうち、11頭分の肉からは国の暫定基準 値を超える放射性セシウムは検出されていないということで、三重県は、ほかの牛の肉の流通経路などを調べています。

Radioactive cesium 20 times the safety limit for the feed [300 becquerels/kg] has been detected from the rice hay at a cattle farm that raises Matsusaka-ushi (cow) in Mie Prefecture. Of all the cows that have already been shipped, 11 of them did not have radioactive cesium that exceeded the provisional safety limit for the meat [500 becquerels/kg]. Mie Prefecture is tracing the shipment of the rest of the cows.

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