Cesium contamination in Japan found over 300km from Fukushima Daiichi

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The town of Manazuru  in Kanagawa Prefecture is over 300 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.  On Thursday, Shiitake mushrooms in Manazuru were found to be contaminated with radioactive cesium over the legal limits.

The prefecture asked local farmers and agricultural organizations not to ship shiitake mushrooms after finding over 141 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram in some of the samples tested.

In Murata, Miyagi Prefecture, shiitake mushrooms were found to contain 350 becquerels of radioactive cesium, and bamboo shoots from Ichihara and Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture were also found contaminated.

The Japanese government also halted shipments of yamame and iwana trout caught in two rivers in Fukushima Prefecture after the discovery of cesium levels of 250 and 840 becquerels.

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