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article imageContaminated food 90 miles from nuclear sites

By Thomas Amshay     Mar 19, 2011 in World
Tokyo - The Nuclear power plant fallout in Japan is creating a food contamination problem, according to reports submitted from field tests.
Separate reports filed by ABC News online and New York Times Asia Pacific point to increasing concerns..
Thursday reports from Japan's Health Ministry had said that iodine levels were "slightly above" the limit in Fukushima. Friday's levels were about half that and a ministry official said the government deemed the small amounts safe while awaiting further analysis.
Saturday's New York Times report headlined "Japan Finds Contaminated Food Up to 90 Miles From Nuclear Sites" said the government had found higher than normal levels of radioactive materials in spinach and milk at farms up to 90 miles from the nuclear power plants.
Food safety inspectors in Japan said levels of iodine-131 was five times higher than safe in milk, and seven times higher in spinach which also contained slightly higher amounts of cesium-137.
The latest levels reported exceed those considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
This is breaking news and subject to update and correction. If it remains accurate it is the first confirmation that the unfolding crisis may affect some of Japan's food supply.
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