For now at least, fears about an unstoppable disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant have calmed a bit. But the crisis has clearly entered a second phase — tainted food and water.Over the weekend, radioactive iodine and cesium emitted by the crippled facility turned up in milk, spinach and other greens, canola seeds, fava beans and drinking water.
That poses a new problem: How to inform the public about the multiplying and scary-sounding test results without unduly scaring them.
Japans minister of consumer affairs and food safety pleaded Sunday for public calm.
"I hope the public will not be confused by groundless rumors, but act according to information from reliable sources," said Minister Renho, Japans most visible female politician, who uses only one name.
Read the rest of the story: Japanese Document Radioactivity In Food.