Fukushima to state: Buy the leftovers


The Fukushima Prefectural Government asked the central government Thursday to buy up any unsold beef that landed in the market before the July 19 ban on shipments was imposed, prefectural officials said.

The ban on Fukushima beef was imposed after local cattle were belatedly found contaminated with high amounts of radioactive cesium on a farm in Namie.

Fukushima also asked the state in writing to test all remaining cattle in the prefecture for radiation to pave the way for lifting the ban, the officials said. In addition, a new prefectural survey has determined 603 cattle were shipped for slaughter from 25 farms in the prefecture, including Namie, from March 11 until April 22, when the government finally decided to widen the evacuation zones around the stricken nuclear plant.