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Contaminated Fukushima Food; Charges In Taiwan, Japan Asks China To Ease Restrictions

Contaminated Fukushima Food; Charges In Taiwan, Japan Asks China To Ease Restrictions

Two men have been charged in Taiwan related to the importing of banned foods from Japan. The illegal importing of banned food products has been going on for up to a year. Authorities in Taiwan have asked Japan to investigate the crime on their end, so far they have received no response. At the same time Japan is being uncooperative with Taiwan, they are asking China to ease food import restrictions. Currently China has some of … Read entire article »

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New Contaminated Japanese Tea Found In Taiwan

New Contaminated Japanese Tea Found In Taiwan

Taiwan’s FDA published some new radiation testing results in the last week. On June 16, 2015 they found two samples of Japanese teas with cesium contamination. One was a “roasted” Japanese tea that tested at 18.8 bq/kg of combined cesium The second was a Japanese tea blend of matcha green tea and brown rice, that product tested at 9.5 bq/kg. While both samples were under the levels where Japan or Taiwan would pull the products off the market, … Read entire article »

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Japan Takes S. Korea To WTO Over Fukushima Food Bans

Japan Takes S. Korea To WTO Over Fukushima Food Bans

Japan has filed a WTO trade complaint against South Korea for restricting potentially contaminated Japanese food from entering their market. Japan also recently threatened to do the same to Taiwan after that country put additional proof of origin and radiation screening on some imports. Japan’s argument has been that food products are under that country’s intervention limit for radiation contamination, citing government food testing programs. Those programs involved only spot testing of products. Food products not … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Report: Taiwan Food Testing Of Japanese Imports

SimplyInfo.org Report: Taiwan Food Testing Of Japanese Imports

Thanks to activists in Japan, we were made aware of ongoing Japanese food import testing being conducted in Taiwan. The testing began in 2011 and continues today. Concerns about Japanese food imports were renewed after a mislabeling scandal found that food from banned Japanese prefectures were being relabeled and illegally sold in Taiwan. The testing results included roughly an item a day that was found to be contaminated. Taiwan’s food radiation limit is 370 bq/kg. Japan’s … Read entire article »

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Taiwan Implements New Oversight On Japan Food Imports

Taiwan Implements New Oversight On Japan Food Imports

After the mislabeling scandal earlier in the year where Japanese food imports had falsified prefecture of origin labels, Taiwan’s new food oversight goes into effect this Friday. The new rules were initially set to require a proof of radiation test results for certain foods and to be provided by Japan’s central government. The slightly modified rules will accept municipal radiation checks and checks from groups like chamber of commerce groups. Prefecture of origin proof will also … Read entire article »

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Japanese Burger Chain Busted Using Restricted Fukushima Food In Taiwan

Japanese Burger Chain Busted Using Restricted Fukushima Food In Taiwan

Mos Burger is in trouble in Taiwan for importing mislabeled food products to their stores in Taiwan. One of the sauce mixes used by the chain was labeled as being produced in Tokyo but was actually produced in Tochigi Prefecture. The latter location is one of the prefectures under food import restrictions in Taiwan. The company will be fined for false customs declarations by the Taiwanese government. This article would not be possible without the extensive … Read entire article »

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Taiwan Customs Broker Arrested In Fukushima Food Scandal

Taiwan Customs Broker Arrested In Fukushima Food Scandal

A food import customs broker has been arrested in Taiwan on charges he faked import testing and documents. This included allegations that he faked origin documentation on seafood products that were from Chiba prefecture in Japan in order to import them into Taiwan. All of the food items had been sent to restaurants in Taiwan and served. The same person was also accused of swapping out samples of asparagus and crab from Thailand and the … Read entire article »

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Taiwan Upgrades Fukushima Food Import Regulations For Japan

Taiwan Upgrades Fukushima Food Import Regulations For Japan

Taiwan has instituted new food import regulations after a recent scandal where mislabeled foods were imported and sold. It also appears some of these food items were contaminated. Japanese food imports must include an origin certificate and certain foods will require test results from radiation testing of that food product. Those regulations will go into effect May 15th. The only authorities that can issue such certification are: The Japanese government Agencies approved by the Japanese government Or documents authorized by … Read entire article »

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US Lax Regulations On Japan Food Imports Raise More Concerns As TPP Close To A Vote

US Lax Regulations On Japan Food Imports Raise More Concerns As TPP Close To A Vote

A recent Japanese food mislabeling scandal in Taiwan showed the differing levels of oversight between countries when it comes to food imports. The US has refused to do any meaningful testing and has clung to an unusually high limit before any product would be taken off the market if it was even tested at all. While China insists any food imported from Japan must have proof of radiation testing results and a prefecture of origin certificate, … Read entire article »

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Banned Japanese Fukushima Foods Mislabeled, Sold In Taiwan

Banned Japanese Fukushima Foods Mislabeled, Sold In Taiwan

A recent discovery of banned Japanese foods being sold in Taiwan is causing considerable concern about the actual safety of the food supply. This comes only weeks after contaminated Japanese tea was reported as being found in Hong Kong. Taiwan has fairly rigorous food safety standards. In 2011 Taiwan banned the sale of all foods from Fukushima and four other prefectures. That ban is still in place today. On top of the ban of all products … Read entire article »

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New Study Finds Fukushima Food Contamination Underestimates Strontium 90

New Study Finds Fukushima Food Contamination Underestimates Strontium 90

A new study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology looked at governmental food testing in Japan. The study reviewed foods testing for cesium 137 contamination and also strontium 90 contamination. Official assumptions had been than there was a set ratio of cesium 137 to strontium 90 across all foods. What was found is that over time the ratio of strontium 90 in foods had increased. This makes the standard assumed ratio being used incorrect. … Read entire article »

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4158 bq/kg Mushrooms Found In Tochigi Prefecture

4158 bq/kg Mushrooms Found In Tochigi Prefecture

Mushrooms from Tochigi prefecture tested and found to have 4158 bq/kg of cesium. The test was recently completed and shows that the problems of radioactive foods it not “over” and not isolated to Fukushima prefecture. Mushrooms absorb considerable amounts of radiation. Many wild mushrooms in parts of Europe are still banned from consumption or sale due to high levels of radiation decades after Chernobyl. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Mushrooms Still As High As 102,900 Bq/Kg

Fukushima Mushrooms Still As High As 102,900 Bq/Kg

I report from late September showed that mushrooms cultivated for home consumption were still very high in cesium contamination. Mushrooms ranged from 85 bq/kg up to the high reading of 102,900 bq/kg. Most were in the thousands to tens of thousands of becquerels of cesium. Foods like mushrooms, wild berries (including wild strawberry & blueberry) and wild game are still highly contaminated in parts of Europe decades after Chernobyl. So this problem in north east Japan … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Contaminated Food Was Found In US Right After The Meltdowns

Fukushima Contaminated Food Was Found In US Right After The Meltdowns

A presentation given at a recent American Chemical Society meeting outlined the discovery of Fukushima radioactive contamination in food soon after the disaster. Private sector testing done for food importers in the US did find contamination in some food items sent in for testing. Since this work was done with a private lab by a food company there was no mandate to make this information public. One sample of imported fresh fish from Japan intended for … Read entire article »

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Highly Radioactive Boar Found In Germany This Week

Highly Radioactive Boar Found In Germany This Week

Wild boar exceeding the German limit of 600 bq/kg were found in the region of Saxony. The boar have been being tested since 2012 with some dozens of times over the limit. In a year more test over the limit than below even decades after Chernobyl. The Saxony region is 700 miles from Chernobyl yet still harbors this ongoing problem. Foods such as mushrooms and wild berries are still considered unsafe to eat in Germany. image … Read entire article »

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After Fukushima Manga Becomes Outspoken Media In Japan

After Fukushima Manga Becomes Outspoken Media In Japan

Two manga (graphic novel/comic books) series have taken up the cause of the Fukushima Disaster and caused a stir in Japan. The first being a series of installments on life at the Fukushima Daiichi disaster site. The series titled “Ichiefu – Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant workers Symbol ~” depicts what it is like to work at the plant. The series is authored and illustrated by a former plant worker who reached their exposure maximum. A portion … Read entire article »

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US Pacific Kelp; Fukushima Radiation Testing Results

US Pacific Kelp; Fukushima Radiation Testing Results

Kelp Watch has released their first batch of testing results. The program is a mash up of university, national lab and citizen efforts to test Pacific sea kelp for radiation. The main focus is on cesium contamination but also has been screening for natural sources of radiation. This first batch of test results are considers a “control” set. This establishes the radiation readings considered to be before any Fukushima related radiation would make it to the … Read entire article »

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Japan Radiation Embargoed Food List

Japan Radiation Embargoed Food List

The Japanese government has been wooing the media with claims that all the contamination in the food supply has miraculously just gone away. This is of course not exactly what is going on. Some food products have been able to lower contamination levels by modifying farming tactics, but this has been a very limited set of circumstances. What is not mentioned is how many foods are still being held back from sale and that they … Read entire article »

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US Coalition Call In To Congress Day, Demand Fukushima Food Testing

US Coalition Call In To Congress Day, Demand Fukushima Food Testing

A coalition of groups and the Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network are asking people to call, write or email Congress today to demand effective and transparent testing of the food supply for radiation contamination. More information about the national call in day today (April 10, 2014) can be found here at https://www.facebook.com/RADSrBAD2EAT Congressional contacts can be found here: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml FFAN has been pushing for the FDA to use a more scientifically sound “intervention level” for radioactive contamination in the US food … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Is Here! Contamination Found Off Vancouver Coast

Fukushima Is Here! Contamination Found Off Vancouver Coast

Scientists from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography have found levels of cesium in sea water off the Vancouver Canada coast that can be attributed to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The levels are low, but the presence of cesium 134 confirms the contamination to be from Fukushima Daiichi. They cited the levels as such: “less than one becquerel per cubic metre of water ” Recent readings off the US coast did not find traces of cesium 134 in their … Read entire article »

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Living With Radiation In Japan

Living With Radiation In Japan

Local food coops that carefully select and test their food have become a go-to source for people concerned about contamination in the food supply. Food vendors that source from safer regions or direct from farm sales from these safer areas have become popular ways to compensate for the uncertainty in the food supply. This non profit called Project Food is sourcing foods from safer areas, testing them then offering them for sale. They recently sent some … Read entire article »

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23 Tbq Water Leak At Fukushima Caused By Multiple Human Errors

23 Tbq Water Leak At Fukushima Caused By Multiple Human Errors

100 tons of water leaked from a contaminated water tank at Fukushima Daiichi after workers incorrectly aligned valves. They then ignored the alarm that alerted them to a tank that was not supposed to be filling, had overfilled. After the tank spilled out over the top flange the water then leaked out through a failure in the water weir that is supposed to catch any leaks. This water is highly radioactive water left over from … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Brings New Awareness Of Contaminated Food Worldwide

Fukushima Brings New Awareness Of Contaminated Food Worldwide

The concerns about food contamination from Fukushima has also increased awareness of the lingering problems of world wide food contamination from various sources. Fukushima was not the first major radiation release to the environment. Atomic testing in the Pacific contributed to considerable amounts of radioactive contamination of the sea that can still be found in sea life today. Chernobyl contaminated a wide swath of Europe and Russia, this contamination is still routinely found in foods … Read entire article »

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New Independent Fukushima Food Contamination Results

New Independent Fukushima Food Contamination Results

People in Japan early on realized they needed to take things into their own hands if they wanted to know the conditions around them and what their risk factors were. Citizen labs have been set up in Japan to allow people to test their own food. These labs were modeled after the labs set up in Europe after Chernobyl. This has provided an independent confirmation against government testing and a more diverse set of readings. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Fish Tales; US Fish Marketing Deceptive To Consumers

Fukushima Fish Tales; US Fish Marketing Deceptive To Consumers

This article is a good example of the motivations and biases in play related to Fukushima food contamination in North America. The article from an Alaska fishing promotion group proclaims “Alaska Fish Factor: Seafood Free of Radiation Following Fukushima“. Since that is simply not true it caught people’s attention. First, fish in the Pacific has been showing up with low levels of radiation even before Fukushima due to the long lived left overs from Pacific atomic testing. … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Tries To Sell Failed Bypass System Again

TEPCO Tries To Sell Failed Bypass System Again

In an unexplained change of plans TEPCO and the Japanese govt. are back to trying to sell the fishing groups and the public on their plan to use a failed water bypass system. In late 2013 IRID directed TEPCO and the Japanese govt to begin work on a wide scale bypass project that would create diversion wells far outside the plant grounds. This would reroute groundwater before it has a chance to flow into the plant … Read entire article »

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Alaska & Washington Salmon Tested For Radiation

Alaska & Washington Salmon Tested For Radiation

A Seattle fish company had some of their fish privately tested in late 2013. With all the US government agencies refusing to test anything and growing consumer anxiety due to the lack of information, Loki Fish company paid for private testing. This is some of the only North American seafood testing done. While the current findings of these limited samples is somewhat good news, more testing is needed to have a better understanding of the situation … Read entire article »

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Taiwan Activists Want Lower Food Radiation Levels, Show Loophole In System

Taiwan Activists Want Lower Food Radiation Levels, Show Loophole In System

Activists in Taiwan are trying to further lower the allowed level of radioactive contamination in food allowed for sale in the country. The current standard is 370 bq/kg, set soon after the Chernobyl disaster. There is a push to lower it to 100 bq/kg the same as Japan’s. The loophole pointed out is that Taiwan may already have a somewhat lower standard compared to other countries but actual testing results are not disclosed. In Hong Kong … Read entire article »

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More Cesium 137 Found In Gourmet & Organic European Jam Brands

More Cesium 137 Found In Gourmet & Organic European Jam Brands

Have some cesium 137 with your toast. Most people assume that organic jam or even better yet, European gourmet or organic (bio)  jam would be a good option for quality and safety. In some respects that appears to be true but many of these high cost European jams have an unexpected surprise, cesium 137. (Contaminated brands being sold in the US & Canada included towards the end with photos) The Environmental Institute in Munich Germany produced a report in … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Water Found Deep Beneath Unit 4

Radioactive Water Found Deep Beneath Unit 4

TEPCO announced today that contaminated water was found in deep groundwater 25 meters (82 feet) below the unit 4 reactor well. NHK reported this but did not elaborate how TEPCO had tapped a well so deep beneath the building. “In a water sample taken on Tuesday of last week, 6.7 becquerels per liter of Cesium 137 and 89 becquerels per liter “ Unit 4 was under maintenance to replace the shroud at the time of the disaster … Read entire article »

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US Group Calls For Radiation Monitoring Of Food Supply

US Group Calls For Radiation Monitoring Of Food Supply

A US grassroots group is urging the public to support a set of efforts to improve food monitoring in the US against radioactive contamination. The fallout from Fukushima that fell on the US and that which has been crossing the Pacific has been an area of concern with residents of the US and Canada. Government agencies have declared the issue to be a “non-issue” and either have opted to do no testing or rely on premature … Read entire article »

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Radiation Monitoring For US/Canada Food Added

Radiation Monitoring For US/Canada Food Added

We have added a page to our site that compiles results of independent food testing for the US and Canada. There has been no centralized testing in the US or Canada since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. While what has been found so far is fairly low compared to what is being found in some parts of Japan, additional more widespread testing is needed to fully understand the situation. See the results here. http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?page_id=11724 If you know of independent … Read entire article »

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US Pacific Coast Seaweed Shows With Fukushima Cesium Contamination

US Pacific Coast Seaweed Shows With Fukushima Cesium Contamination

New testing done by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering found Fukushima cesium in US Pacific sea weed. The samples were standardized against a known amount of cesium 137 and cobalt 60. The finding of cesium 134 would indicate this is at least partially from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. “Washington State Pacific coast eel weed sample contained 0.22 pCi/g of Cs134 and 0.24 pCi/g of Cs137.  It also contained 0.1 pCi/g of Co60” These values converted to … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Fish Testing Shows Narrow Fantasy View Of Situation

Fukushima Fish Testing Shows Narrow Fantasy View Of Situation

Japanese media declared how fishing that resumed south of Fukushima Daiichi has been largely a “success”. Fishing done near Iwaki City to the south was declared all safe and sent to market. “They returned before noon with 1.3 tons of catch including octopus, hairy crab and a local specialty fish. Fishery officials took samples and tested them for radioactivity. They say no radioactive materials were detected.” “Iwaki fishermen will catch only eight types of seafood at a depth … Read entire article »

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Yoshinoya Fast Food Chain To Grow Rice & Vegetables In Fukushima To “Secure Low Price”

Yoshinoya Fast Food Chain To Grow Rice & Vegetables In Fukushima To “Secure Low Price”

Japan fast food chain Yoshinoya will grow rice and vegetables in Fukushima prefecture. They touted the change as helping reconstruction but the farm site is 80km from the disaster area. The company of course says they will radiation test food they grow for radiation but provided no details about acceptable levels or transparency. The company also cited the low cost of growing food in Fukushima as a motivating factor. “Yoshinoya said in a statement, adding the … Read entire article »

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FDA’s Dual Messages Show Lying To Public On Fukushima Contamination In Food

FDA’s Dual Messages Show Lying To Public On Fukushima Contamination In Food

The FDA’s mantra since 2011 to the concerned public about Fukushima contamination in the food supply has been “don’t worry”. They have declared no need to test US Pacific fish or most imports. What the FDA is telling the general public through the media and what is going on behind the scenes is quite different. The FDA has made this public statement:  “To date, no evidence that radionuclides from the Fukushima incident are present in the U.S. … Read entire article »

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South Korea Expands Japanese Food Ban To 50 Products

South Korea has expanded their ban of food from northeast Japan to 50 products. They are also urging consumers to check the origin labels on processed foods. Green leafy vegetables were added to the list on top of fish from the region that was banned recently. Government and consumer groups have made increased warnings to consumers in South Korea. One group cited that 7 tons of Fukushima fish were imported to their country in the span of one week in August. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Puts Contaminated Soybeans To Market

10 tons of soybeans were sent to market from Date City, Fukushima prefecture. All of the samples listed show contamination. Bags over 100 bq/kg were not shipped, any bag under that level was cleared to ship. 26 of the 360 bags were held back for being over limit. The total cesium found is the furthest right column. The two reports do not clarify if any of the released soybeans from the area were found without contamination. It also did not say where they would be going to. Sources: http://merx.me/archives/35946 http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/feature/eq2011/information/20130619-OYT8T00331.htm    This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing … Read entire article »

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Govt Food Testing In Japan Shows Food Roulette Still Exists

Asahi Shimbun recently promoted a sort of “all clear” on food consumption in Fukushima. The claim was that meals were one fifth as contaminated as they were one year ago. There are a number of things wrong with this statement. Looking at meals rather than ingredients is quite vague. It does not indicate where the food was sourced from or the type of ingredients in the meal. The changes could be due to lower radiation, better selection by the residents, a shift to safer ingredients or all of the above. What we have found to be critical to what is or is not contaminated are three factors. Location, where did the food come from. The proximity to the plant and radiation plumes and also the ongoing migration of contamination through rivers … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Rice To Be Bought By Govt., Mixed Into Japan’s Rice Reserves

Japan’s national government will buy up 40,000 tons of Fukushima rice, including rice from the evacuation zones (as long as it passes the 100bq/kg limit for radiation). This rice will be mixed with rice from other regions in Japan and resold as rice reserves. The reserve rice is put back into the market when there is a shortage or by request from food companies. This effectively makes all rice in Japan starting this fall suspect for radiation along with any food product made from it such as rice crackers, sake etc. Consumers won’t have an easy way to avoid contaminated rice unless they are able to buy rice or rice products with a documented provenience from the farmer to manufacturer. Making matters worse, Japan has strict limits on rice importation. Rice imports … Read entire article »

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