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Aug142011

Radiation Found in Japan’s Mushrooms 

Paul Katz/Photodisc/Thinkstock(TOKYO) – Mushrooms are the latest foods to be threatened by radiation from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

Bloomberg News reports that nameko mushrooms, harvested in the open air in Soma—a city about 25 miles north of the plant damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami—contained nine times the legal limit of cesium, the local government reported Friday .

Spot checks are being conducted on a range of products, according to authorities in Fukushima. Harmful radiation was found in produce, tea, milk, fish and beef sourced over 220 miles from the nuclear plant.

Since March’s natural disaster, Japan has been having difficulty inspecting food as the country has no centralized system for detecting radiation contamination.

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