Update: maybe better not to eat the bread, either, if the wheat was grown in Fukushima.

Let’s face it, Fukushima agricultural produce is a washout for this year and perhaps future years, too. “Half of Japan’s rice crop is grown within the radius of possible contamination from the nuclear plant…” Holy cow! In many Japanese restaurants, you get a choice of “bread or rice”.  I wonder what Japanese residents will be choosing this year?

Nameko mushrooms grown in the open air in Soma, a city about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of the crippled plant, were found to contain nine times the legal limit of cesium, the local government said yesterday. Japan’s farm ministry asked growers in Fukushima prefecture to refrain from harvesting mushrooms off raw wood left outside, public broadcaster NHK said today.

Japan is under pressure to enhance safety inspection of foods, as it has no centralized system for detecting radiation contamination. Authorities in Fukushima and neighboring prefectures are conducting spot checks on products in cooperation with local farmers.

Half of Japan’s rice crop is grown within the radius of possible contamination from the nuclear plant damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and farmers are awaiting the results of tests before harvesting begins this month. Radiation exceeding safety levels has been found in produce, tea, milk, fish and beef sourced as far as 360 kilometers from the nuclear plant.

via Mushrooms Join Growing List of Radioactive Threats to Japan’s Food Chain – Bloomberg.