Homeland Security Newswire reports that the Japanese government is coming under fire for only halting shipments of contaminated cattle now, four months after the March earthquake and tsunami that led to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi atomic energy station.
Authorities recently discovered that 637 cattle had been fed hay contaminated with radioactive cesium and then shipped from farms in northern prefectures including Fukushima. On Saturday, Aeon Co., Japan’s biggest supermarket chain, admitted that it had sold beef from cattle tainted by radiation to customers at fourteen of its stores in Tokyo and four other prefectures.
Lawmakers and consumers are blasting the government for its poor handling of food safety.
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