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Japanese rice to be tested for radioactive cesium

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 3:31am
Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - More than a dozen regional governments in Japan will conduct tests to determine whether locally grown rice contains too much radioactive cesium, farm ministry officials said on Monday, as food safety worries spill into the country's traditional staple.

Public fears over radiation in food have grown after the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years at Fukushima plant in northeast Japan, and excessive levels of radiation have been found in beef, vegetables, tea, milk, seafood and water.

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