July 28, 2011
Japan widened a ban on beef to cattle from a second tsunami-hit region Thursday, citing elevated radiation levels in the meat of animals because of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Almost 3,000 cattle feared tainted with radioactive caesium have been shipped nationwide, slaughtered and sold after the animals were fed rice straw exposed to fallout from the more than four-month-old nuclear crisis.
After banning sales of cattle from Fukushima prefecture last week, the government extended the order to neighbouring Miyagi where, officials said, at least six contaminated animals have been identified.
The new order was announced by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano.
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