The farm ministry will conduct radiation tests on samples of rice grown at 40,000 locations in 17 prefectures in 2012, more than 10 times as many as last year, ministry officials said Thursday.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will increase the number of samples for the test as government-set allowable limits of radioactive cesium contained in rice have been toughened since April, such as a ban on shipments of rice containing 100 becquerels per kilogram, the officials said.
The test for this year will mainly cover locations where more than 50 becquerels per kg were detected in samples of rice harvested in 2011 and their surrounding areas.
Samples will be collected from all rice-producing households in the selected locations.
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Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.