Japan adopts the most stringent standard for radioactive cesium (100 Bq/kg in general foods, 50 Bq/kg in milk) in the world. Recent monitoring inspections for radioactive materials in agriculture, forestry and fishery products show hardly any cases in excess of this standard; rather, radioactive cesium has not been detected.
According to the results of inspections implemented between April 2020 and December 2020, there have been zero foods in excess of the standard limits among Brown rice(1,055 inspected samples),Vegetables & Fruits (2,078 inspected samples), Livestock products (3,128 inspected samples), Marine fishery products (3,127 inspected samples), Fish in rivers and lakes (162 inspected samples), Inland water farmed fish(22 inspected samples),Cultivated wild plants and mushrooms (990 inspected samples), and Wild edible plants & mushrooms (512 inspected samples).
In particular, concerning rice, which is the national staple diet, all rice produced in the prefecture has undergone 100% inspections since 2012, with 88,150,000 samples being inspected over the eight years up to the 2019 harvest. Furthermore, thanks to various initiatives including measures to suppress absorption of radioactive materials, no rice has been found to exceed the standard limits in five years since 2015. Accordingly, rice from the 2020 harvest onwards, except for that produced in certain areas (former areas under evacuation orders, etc.), has been transferred to the same monitoring inspections as other farm products. Even in the event where the standard is exceeded, the necessary steps will be taken to ensure that the foods concerned will not be released onto the market.
Information on monitoring of agricultural, forestry and fishery products and processed foods from Fukushima Prefecture
Fukushima Fukushima Reconstruction station"Safety of Water & Food"
Fukushima Fukushima Reconstruction station "Monitoring results of agricultural, forestry and fishery products from Fukushima Prefecture"