Thursday, July 14, 2011

#Radioactive Beef from Fukushima: Nearly 100K Becquerels/Kg Cesium in the Hay in a Town Near Shirakawa City, 60KM from the Nuke Plant

Move over, Minami Soma City!

The hay that's been fed to meat cows in one cattle farm in Asakawa-machi in Fukushima Prefecture, adjacent to Shirakawa City and about 60 kilometers from Fukushima I Nuke Plant has tested 97,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium.

530 becquerels/kg of cesium have been also detected from the urine of a cow at the farm.

This particular farm has sold 42 meat cows in 4 prefectures since April. Most of them have gone to the Tokyo metropolitan area (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba) as meat cows, and Tokyo received the meat in addition from Sendai City after the cows that went there were processed.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, in charge of measuring radiation once the meat cows are processed into meat, will measure the radiation and will let us know if any exceeds the provisional limit.

Fukushima Prefecture has asked the prefecture's cattle farms to stop shipping cows, on a voluntary basis.

More from Mainichi Shinbun Japanese (7/14/2011):


Fukushima Prefecture announced on July 14 that a cattle farm in Asakawa-machi in Fukushima Prefecture has been feeding the meat cows with highly radioactive hay. It's been also confirmed that this farm has sold 42 cows in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Miyagi Prefectures. They have been all processed into meat, and the meat has been also sold in Yamagata and Iwate Prefecture. Fukushima Prefecture has asked these prefectures to track the meat.


According to Fukushima Prefecture, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, max 97,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium has been detected in the hay that has been fed to the cows at a cattle farm in Asakawa-machi. 530 becquerels/kg of cesium has also been detected from the urine of a cow at the farm. In Minami-Soma City, the amount of radioactive cesium detected from the hay was 75,000 becquerels/kg.


The cattle farm notified the Fukushima prefectural government on July 12 that the farm was worried about the hay it purchased in April. The hay had been rolled by a dealer in the adjacent Shirakawa City between March 15 and 20, and sold to 4 cattle farms. The other 3 farms say they have never fed the cows with the hay.


Fukushima Prefecture has asked the prefecture's 4,000 cattle farms not to sell or move the cows for the time being, on a voluntary basis.


Of 42 meat cows from this farm,

  • 14 cows to Yokohama City, from April 8 to 20

  • 5 cows to Chiba Prefecture on May 11

  • 13 cows to Tokyo, from April 21 to June 16

  • 10 cows to Sendai City from May 23 to July 6

35 cows out of 42 ate the radioactive hay, according to the farm. All 42 cows have unique identification numbers assigned. The Ministry of Health will collect the unsold meat, and will anounce the numbers IF the meat is found with radioactive cesium that exceeds the provisional limit (500 becquerels/kg).


According to Sendai City, 2 cows were processed into meat on July 6 in Miyagino District in the city, and about 800 kilograms of meat have been sold. The meat has gone to:

  • 420 kg to Minato-ku, Tokyo

  • 359.9 kg to Sakata City in Yamagata Prefecture

  • 8 kg to Hanamaki City in Iwate Prefecture

  • 1.4 kg in Miyagino District in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture.


The meat in Miyagino District hasn't been sold and is kept in the warehouse. Most of the shipment to Sakata City is also in the warehouse. There has been no consumption of the meat in Yamagata Prefecture [hasn't been sold to consumers yet], and 17.9 kg have been sold to a meat wholesaler in Miyagi Prefecture.


Anonymous said...

These statements sound fishy to me: "The hay had been rolled by a dealer in the adjacent Shirakawa City between March 15 and 20, and sold to 4 cattle farms. The other 3 farms say they have never fed the cows with the hay."

Hay is a seasonal crop-it would have been too early to cut hay in March. Any hay baled then would be of low nutritional value as the grass would have been dormant. It would not have provided quality forage for the cattle, so I am not sure why a hay grower would have baled it then.

Cattle farmers may have bought a limited amount of this low quality hay if they had run out of hay at the end of winter. It is doubtful if they would have bought much of this hay, as the higher quality spring hay would be ready to cut soon. So it seems incredulous to me that any of this hay would be left now for testing.

And I really have a hard time believing that 3 farms would have spent money for hay, and then left it sitting around through July without feeding it to their cattle.

Guy Fox said...

This is just another example of why proponents of nuclear fission technology need to be identified and immediately executed.

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