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  •  No standards for radiation in food (8+ / 0-)

    Shocking revelation in editorial from Asahi.com (Japan).

    But the Food Sanitation Law doesn't set any safety standards concerning radioactivity. So the government had to use the guideline criteria published in 2000 by the Nuclear Safety Commission as a provisional regulatory standard.

    In a move that came far too late, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on Sunday asked the Food Safety Commission to develop food safety standards for radioactive contamination.


    •  To be fair (2+ / 0-)
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      Sylv, mamamedusa

      That's like asking the government of Luxembourg if they have a protocol for a moon landing - you don't always plan for what you thought were "never" events.  Given that they quickly adopted what looks like a serious and credible standard... from where I sit, it looks like (thankfully), they're handling the food safety side of this seriously, which is important - that's where the true long-term risk is, and it will take a lot of political resolve to not fudge on those standards, particularly in a country with very little land suited to agriculture in the first place.

      "What Washington needs is adult supervision" - Barack Obama

      by auron renouille on Wed Mar 23, 2011 at 12:56:14 AM PDT

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