Radioactive cesium found in straw fed to beef cattle

Beef cattle at a farm in Asakawamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, have been fed with straw tainted with high levels of radioactive cesium, and 42 cows from that farm have been shipped to Tokyo and three other prefectures, according to the Fukushima prefectural government. The prefectural and central governments, which have begun investigating the marketing route, asked all cattle farms in Fukushima Prefecture to refrain from shipping or moving any cows until Monday, when the on-the-spot inspections will be completed. Earlier this week, beef cows shipped by a farm in Minami-Soma in the prefecture were found tainted with radioactive cesium exceeding the provisional regulatory limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram.

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