411 more cows in Japan found to have been fed cesium-tainted straw

Seven more farms in Fukushima Prefecture fed their beef cattle rice straw contaminated with radioactive cesium, bringing a total of about 411 more cows suspected of having been exposed to the isotope into the nation’s beef distribution chain, the Fukushima prefectural government said Monday.

Of the cows shipped from the farms, 199 went to Tokyo, 192 to Hyogo Prefecture, nine to Gunma Prefecture, eight within Fukushima Prefecture, two to Tochigi Prefecture and one to Saitama Prefecture.

The straw that remained at the farms was found to contain the isotope measuring as high as 690,000 becquerels per kilogram, far above allowable limits and the highest concentration found so far in the current turmoil.

In trying to alleviate mounting concerns over contaminated beef, the government is set to suspend shipments of beef cattle from Fukushima Prefecture as early as Tuesday, on the basis of a law governing measures in nuclear disasters.

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