Fukushima resumes beef exports

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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FUKUSHIMA, Japan – Beef exports from Japan’s Fukushima prefecture will resume for the first time in more than a year, according to RTT News.

Fukushima was one of several prefectures, or provinces, that had stopped exporting beef to the US after a nuclear power plant there was damaged during a tsunami in March 2011. The accident sent radioactive materials into the ocean and atmosphere, contaminating food and water supplies.

Cattle from Fukushima must undergo radiation tests before shipment. The meat is destined for upscale dining establishments, according to RTT News. The US resumed beef imports from Japan in August after lifting a two-year suspension imposed after foot-and-mouth disease was found in Japanese cows.

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