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The government has instructed the boards of education of 17 eastern and northeastern prefectures to set the upper limit on radioactive substance exposure for food and drink served in school meals at 40 becquerels per kilogram, officials said Thursday.

The directive on meals offered at elementary and junior high schools is the first issued by the central government since the Fukushima nuclear crisis was triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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