No.1 nuclear power plant accident, public anxiety has increased over safety of
drinking water and foodstuffs. However, to protect the citizens’ good health,
tap water and the foods like milk, dairy products, vegetables, meat, eggs,
fish, etc. are properly inspected and imposed a ban on their shipment by the
prefectural authorities in case they contain radioactive contaminants in excess
of government-regulated levels. You may have seen, on TV, farmers disposing raw
milk or vegetables. So, no foodstuffs with above-norm levels of radioactive
materials are sold on markets. Incidentally, the permissible levels established
by the Japanese central government were much stricter than those in Europe
(Euratom’s). In April 2011 EU changed
its regulation to lower its limits to the same of Japan.
If you wish to know
the details on the kinds of radioactive contaminants and their levels, please
refer to Notice No. 0317, Article 3 of the Department of Food Safety dated
March 17, 2011 by Director-General, Department of Food Safety, Ministry of
Health, Labor and Welfare on its Web site.