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Results of inspections on radioactivity levels in agricultural products

 

Test results of radioactive cesium in foods have been made public everyday by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) since March 2011. Following tables show the summary of the test results by each category of agricultural products since April 1st, 2014 in 17 prefectures to which the Government prescribes to conduct the test※. Specific data of each sample tested is available on the webpage of MHLW (http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/). The concentration of radioactive cesium is quantified by Germanium semiconductor detectors or NaI Scintillation Detectors.

 Note: As the maximum limit, 100 Bq/kg applies to General Foods, 50 Bq/kg applies to Milk and Infant foods, and 10 Bq/kg applies to Drinking water including tea infusion under the new regulation as from April 1, 2012.

 ※ Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, Yamanashi, Nagano, and Shizuoka

 

Test results before April 1st,2014 is available on the following webpages.

Results of inspections on radioactivity levels in agricultural products (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014) 

Results of inspections on radioactivity levels in agricultural products (April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013) 

Results of inspection on radioactivity levels in agricultural products (March 11, 2011 to March 31, 2012)

Arable and Horticultural crops (April 1,2014 to November 27,2014 ※See Note 1)  

 Rice

(Unit:Number of samples)

 

Total number of reported samples
Within the maximum limit
(100Bq/kg for general foods)
Above the maximum limit
(>100Bq/kg)
≦50Bq/kg
(including "Not detected")
50Bq/kg<
≦100Bq/kg

10 million

10 million

10

0

 

Other Arable and Horticultural crops  

(Unit:Number of samples)

Category Total number of reported samples Within the maximum limit
(100Bq/kg for general foods)
Above the maximum limit
(>100Bq/kg)
The items from which radioactive cesium above the maximum limit was detected
≦50Bq/kg(including "Not detected") 50Bq/kg<
≦100Bq/kg
Wheat and Barley

366

366

0

0

 

Vegetables

12,719

12,719

0

0

 

Fruits

2,955

2,953

2

0

 

Pulse

Harvested in FY2014

Soy bean

1,111

1,105

4

Soy bean 

Other pluses

370

370

0

0

 

Harvested in FY2013
(※See Note2)

Soy bean

1

1

0

0

 

Other pluses

3

3

0

0

 

Other cultivated plants

751

751

0

0

 

Mushrooms and Wild Edible Plants 

6,801

6,493

206

102

See Note3

total

25,077

24,761

212

104

 

 

Note 1: The different periods are used for the data on Soy bean , as of December 16 for the Soy bean harvested in Fukushima , as of December 10 for the Soy bean in other 16 prefectures.

Note 2: As pulses are normally harvested at the specific time of the year,stored and distributed all through the year until the next harvest season, some pulses harvested in FY 2013 were tested in FY 2014.

Note 3: Japanese butterbur scape(Wild)  , Eleutherococcus sciadophylloides (Koshiabura) , Aralia elata (shoot)(Wild) , Shiitake grown on Raw Log , Pteridium aquilinum , Ostrich fern , Aralia cordata(Wild) , Japanese royal fern(Wild) ,  Bamboo shoots,Bamboo shoot (nemagaritake) (Wild),Giant butterbur (Wild) ,Wild Mushrooms,Late fall oyster (mushroom) grown on Raw Log

 

Tea (Tea infusion)

(Unit : Number of samples)

Total number of reported samples

Within the maximum limit (10 Bq/kg)

Above the maximum limit

(>10 Bq/kg)

<5 Bq/kg

>5 Bq/kg

≤10 Bq/kg

183

183

 

Livestock products

Data about livestock products is available on another MAFF website: http://www.maff.go.jp/e/seisan/index.html

contact

Agricultural Production Bureau
Administration Division
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8950, Japan
Tel:03-6744-2625
Fax:03-6744-2630

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