I wonder what percentage of consumers this will convince? I suspect fewer than a year ago, and fewer than even a couple of months ago.

FUKUSHIMA — No radioactive substances were found in newly harvested rice in Fukushima Prefecture, prefectural officials said Thursday.

Rice growers in the prefecture, which hosts the leaking Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and surrounding areas are highly concerned about potential contamination. Rice from this year’s harvest is set to hit the market in the coming months amid heightened public concerns over food safety.

Samples from about 2 kg of brown rice harvested in the town of Aizubange on Monday and Tuesday were taken to a prefectural farming facility in Koriyama on Thursday morning for testing.

The prefectural government allows shipments of brown rice as long as the grain does not exceed 500 becquerels per kg of radioactive cesium.

via Fukushima rice tests show no contamination | The Japan Times Online.

This video was posted below an excerpt from the above article on Newson Japan, but it does not inspire confidence, “Well, nobody’s actually come to actually check this rice field behind me… I have 2 young children so… I hope that everything’s OK…!”

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