Shiitake coming from East Fukushima banned by Japan’s Government

Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Wednesday banned the shipment of shiitake raised outdoors in eastern Fukushima Prefecture near the crippled nuclear power plant after radioactive substances exceeding government standard were detected.

Subject to the ban are shiitake harvested outdoors on logs in the cities of Date, Soma, Minamisoma, Tamura, Iwaki, and the towns of Shinchi, Kawamata, Namie, Futaba, Okuma, Tomioka, Naraha, Hirono as well as the villages of Iitate, Katsurao and Kawauchi.

"Shiitake mushrooms subject to the shipment ban this time are those raised outdoors and those produced indoors did not exceed the standard," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said. "We will lift the ban when the (level of radioactive substances) stays below the standard in a stable manner."

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