Fukushima milk back in Japanese stores

Milk from farms in the Fukushima prefecture has returned to Japanese supermarket shelves with a clean bill of health, the NHK news agency reported on Thursday.

The move comes after weeks of thorough safety checks for radiation following a ban when a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Tests have shown that the milk contained radiation levels below the legal limit.

The restriction was only lifted for farms in seven cities and towns in an area over 100 kilometers west of the damaged plant.

The ban is still in force for 500 farms in 30 other cities, towns and villages in Fukushima while the authorities continue radiation checks.

A powerful earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan on March 11 leaving more than 27,000 people dead or missing and disabling the Fukushima reactors’ cooling systems. Radioactive elements were later found in the water, air and food products in some parts of Japan.

MOSCOW, April 14 (RIA Novosti) 

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