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Radiation in food: Radish Boya to Set Its Own Cesium Standard | EX-SKF.

The bottom line is forcing more and more businesses to take matters into their own hands instead of relying on the government.  The rice farmers of Fukushima, judging by this unconfirmed but unfortunately not implausible story, apparently don’t need to worry about the bottom line.

Radish Boya, an online grocer who first alerted Shizuoka Prefecture that one of the Shizuoka contained radioactive cesium exceeded the provisional limit by its own testing, is going to set its own standard for cesium in food and drinks that it sells, which is one-tenths of the national provisional standards.

via Radiation in food: Radish Boya to Set Its Own Cesium Standard | EX-SKF.

See also this June blog entry,  quoting a Japan Times article about online mail-order food-delivery companies promising pesticide-free, organic food: Irradiated food poses moral dilemmas.

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福島第1、新装置「サリー」でセシウム濃度5万分の1に  :日本経済新聞

TEPCO press release Aug. 20th. Toshiba’s SARRY decontamination system, which has been plagued with problems, seems now to be working smoothly, tho not up to par: the decontamination factor is 50,000 (5 “man”), whereas the target is 1 million. It processes 25 tons/hour. By combining it with America’s (Kurion?) and France’s (AREVA) decontamination units, they can process up to 70 tons/hour. The level of contaminated water fell 51 centimetres in 24 hours.  More details in English on EX-SKF’s site, with a colour diagram of SARRY there also.

東京電力は20日、福島第1原子力発電所で19日に本格稼働した東芝の高濃度汚染水処理装置「サリー」によって、放射性セシウムの濃度が約5万分の1に下がったと発表した。目標の100万分の1を大きく下回るが、東電は「能力的に問題はない」としている。 サリーでは毎時25トンの汚染水を処理。米仏の装置と合わせると処理量は毎時70トンに達する。汚染水がたまった集中廃棄物処理施設の一部建屋の地下では、汚染水の水位は19日午後4時から24時間に51センチ低下した。

via 福島第1、新装置「サリー」でセシウム濃度5万分の1に  :日本経済新聞.

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High Radiation Right Next to Children’s Swimming Pool in Kawasaki City | EX-SKF

On another blog, I suggested that whining and ranting that the Japanese government should do more, and more promptly, may result in unexpected and unpleasant surprises, instead of the results one is hoping for. The following is the kind of thing I had in mind. “Take more radiation measurements” results in… surprise, suprise, measuring locations likely to provide low readings.

The government authorities, whether national or municipal, say they’ve been measuring the radiation at parks and schools where children go, but they’ve been criticized for picking the least contaminated locations to measure.

via High Radiation Right Next to Children’s Swimming Pool in Kawasaki City | EX-SKF.

Here’s a case in Kawasaki City, where a citizens’ group measured on their own, found a high radiation location in a park that the city said it had measured, and alerted the city about the highly radioactive dirt right next to the swimming pool that children are using since early July.

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Japanese Government Will Lift Shipping Ban on Cows from Fukushima and Miyagi (Hello #Radioactive Beef Again) | EX-SKF

Yesterday, I predicted growing and lingering uncertainty and doubt in the minds of Japanese residents for a long time to come. Doubts about the accuracy of food-safety and information about food-safety; doubts about the trustworthiness and reliability of the sources, doubts as to the sources (is this food really where the package says its from?). There will continue to be doubts, even if the source of information seems sincere and trustworthy, due to the unpredictable nature of radiation accumulation in different foods.

Below is more evidence for my prognosis. From EX-SKF who is quoting from his own translation of a  Mainichi Shinbun (8/18/2011) news item:

The Ministry of Health and Labor wanted the contaminated rice hay out of the cattle farms as a condition to lift the ban. On the other hand, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fukushima/Miyagi Prefectures insisted the rice hay remain within the farms as long as it was separated from the cows, because it would be hard for the farms to secure the storage space outside the farms.

So the Ministry of Health and Labor lost. This is the Ministry that’s supposed to protect consumers.

Will they test all the cows? No they won’t. Not even in Fukushima. They only test the meat of the cows raised in the planned evacuation zone and evacuation-ready zone right outside the 20 kilometer radius from Fukushima I Nuke Plant. For everywhere else in Fukushima Prefecture, the first cow to be shipped from a cattle farm will be tested. If that passes the test, all cows can be sold.

Even when they do test, they will just do the simple test using “affordable” instruments that cost only a few thousand dollars and take only 15 minutes to test, and as long as the number is below 250 becquerels/kg they won’t test further. Only if it goes above 250 becquerels/kg, they will use expensive instruments that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and take 1 hour to test.

What about the news at the end of July that radioactive cesium is NOT distributed evenly in the meat, not even within the same part?

via Japanese Government Will Lift Shipping Ban on Cows from Fukushima and Miyagi (Hello #Radioactive Beef Again) | EX-SKF.

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