Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Japan: Vegetables near stricken plant test high for radiation



Japan's Health Ministry reported Tuesday finding radioactive materials at levels "drastically exceeding legal limits" in 11 types of vegetable grown in Fukushima Prefecture, including broccoli and cabbage, according to Kyodo News Agency.

None of the vegetables has been shipped since Monday, it said.

The news agency, citing the ministry, said, "If a person eats 100 grams (3 1/2 ounces) of the vegetable with the largest detected amount of radioactive materials for about 10 days, it would be equal to ingesting half the amount of radiation a person typically receives from the natural environment in a year.

"If a person keeps eating the vegetable at the same pace, the amount of radiation intake could exceed the amount deemed safe."

Prime Minister Naoto Kan asked Ibaraki Prefecture -- near the plant -- to suspend shipments of raw milk and parsley, Kyodo reported. And the government of Fukushima Prefecture told residents not to eat leafy vegetables, it added. (read more)