Food Manufacturing reports a farm in Fukushima, Japan ignored government instruction and used straw stored outdoors near the power plant explosion as cattle feed, presumably leading to contaminated meat.

The straw used to feed cattle in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture was contaminated with an average of 75,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, almost 56 times the allowable limit. The straw was stored in an uncovered area near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant where explosions occurred after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

The prefectural government is inspecting animal feed at 260 farms in the high-risk areas outside the 20-kilometer exclusion zone to look out for other farms using contaminated feed. The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced Monday it will continue to monitor farms in the area and test meat if necessary to insure it is safe to eat.

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Source: Food Manufacturing