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0 Japan eyes lifting ban on beef shipments from Fukushima, Miyagi

The government plans to soon lift a ban on the shipment of beef from Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, possibly Friday, in connection with the latest food scare following the discovery of radioactive cesium-contaminated beef, government sources said Thursday.

The move follows a compilation by the prefectures of cattle inspection programs and measures to manage radioactive rice straw, which was fed to cattle in the region despite a government notice urging farms not to use it as livestock feed.
After the ban is lifted, farms will be able to restart their beef shipments once the prefectural governments ascertain that radioactive cesium contained in the beef from their cattle measures below 500 becquerels per kilogram, a provisional safety limit set by the government, according to the sources.

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