Alcohol to undergo testing for radiation


TOKYO (majirox news) — Alcoholic beverages made using produce harvested since the March 11 disasters will be tested for radioactivity from October, the National Tax Agency said Sept. 26.

Testing will be carried out in three zones nationwide, with intensive testing of the areas most affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis and moving out toward random selection in distant places.

Products from about one-third of all Japan’s roughly 3,000 brewers of alcoholic beverages will be tested in a move aimed at confirming the safety of products.

The types of beverage to be tested will be carried out in stages due to the different production periods. Wines will be tested from October, sake from November onward and beer and other types of alcoholic beverage from February next year.

The agency will list the results on its website and make them available to local government bodies overseeing food distribution across the country.

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