Japan lifts restrictions on milk supplies from areas near quake-hit nuke plant

Japan’s government has lifted restrictions on milk supplies from areas near the quake-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant earlier imposed over radiation contamination concerns, the Japanese news agency Kyodo reported on Sunday, referring to top government spokesman Yukio Edano.

Restrictions have been lifted for milk producers in the towns of Minamisoma and Kawamata in the Fukushima prefecture, the agency reported.

The Japanese government has therefore lifted restrictions on milk supplies from all the areas in the country’s north-east, except the area around the damaged nuclear power plant, the agency said.

The government had previously halted shipments of milk and many vegetables from Fukushima and other neighboring prefectures after detecting radiation levels above the allowable limit in some produce.

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, May 1 (RIA Novosti)


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