Wild eel caught with high levels of radioactive cesium
News On Japan via NewsOnJapan.com -- May 08
Above normal radioactive cesium levels were detected in wild eel caught in Ibaraki prefecture, north of Tokyo, resulting in the government suspending shipments from the area for the first time.
Ibaraki prefecture catches the most wild eel in the entire country, and the Kasumigaura area is especially well known for producing eel.
Lately, eel from Kasumigaura in Ibaraki prefecture were found to have radioactive cesium levels of 180 becquerel (Bq) per kilogram, while eels from the Nakagawa river system and surrounding ponds were found with 110 Bq per kilogram.
Because these numbers are above the new standards implemented in April, the government issued a suspension on shipments of eel from the Ibaraki area.
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