Japanese weekly magazine Shukan Asahi did its own checking on imported blueberry spread being sold in Tokyo and alerted the health authorities, who were reluctant to do anything at first.
"Fior di frutta organic fruits spread" blueberry imported from Italy
Place of origin: Bulgaria
164Bq/kg of cesium-137 by test commissioned by Shukan Asahi
140Bq/kg of cesium-137 by test by the municipal (Tokyo) health authorities
Shibuya-ku ordered the importer MIE PROJECT on October 18 to recall 5,184 bottles of blueberry spread with the best before date of October 17, 2015.
Ministry of Health and Welfare initially refused to do anything based on "private" (as opposed to "official" - i.e. by the government) test results.
The public health centers involved didn't want to move either on just "an article that appeared in a magazine".
Less than 10 percent of all imported food is tested; it is possible that people are eating contaminated food without knowing.
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