Gallery: Japanese Government Buying Radioactive Meat and Destroying It


The Japanese government discovered this week that 1,256 head of cattle have been fed hay poisoned with the radioactive material cesium. The hay, which was grown in the Fukushima prefecture, was given to the cattle during a food shortage that followed the March earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. According to the government, the hay registered 690,000 becquerels of radiation — the government’s limit is 300 becquerels — and it was shipped to 45 of Japan’s 47 prefectures. The government of Japan has ordered all meat found over the allowable radioactive limit to be destroyed.

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  1. marjoriedevine April 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Let’s hope they are burying the contaminated beef, and produce.

  2. michaeljanzen July 22, 2011 at 11:45 am

    The radiation in radioactive meat (or anything) can’t be ‘destroyed’… it must half-life itself to a safe level over time. So they can’t be ‘destroying it’ they must be storing it in a hole somewhere waiting for it to return to safe levels.


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