Food from 100 municipalities still not checked for radiation

08/24/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Authorities will begin snap inspections of radiation in farm produce from all municipalities in the Kanto and Tohoku regions after it was revealed Aug. 23 that products from 100 local governments had not been tested at all until the end of July, the Health Ministry said.

Kanto and Tohoku are home to 600 local governments and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is supposed to check for radiation in the agricultural produce from each of these, but as of the end of last month, products from one in six of these municipalities had not been inspected according to Kyodo News.

Ministry officials promised to rectify the situation.

“Data we receive from these checks forms an important indicator for consumers. We cannot allow for gray areas depending on production regions,” a ministry spokesman said.

Ministry officials said that in addition to the roughly unchecked 100 municipalities, produce from about 20% of the 600 local governments had been inspected 10 times or more.

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