Japan radiation-contaminated animal feed troubles spread

Fukushima beef banned, consumer confidence dropped

Nearly 1,500 cattle in nine Japanese prefectures are thought to have been fed straw contaminated with radioactive caesium as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi plant nuclear crisis, resulting in a spreading problem as the contaminated meat has been shipped throughout the country, according to reports.

Radioactive readings in the straw are at 43 times the government limit, according to local authorities. Shipments of Fukushima beef are now banned, and Tokyo has pledged to compensate farmers for losses as consumer confidence has dropped.