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TOKYO: Japan's Meiji Holdings said on Tuesday that radioactive cesium was found in infant milk powder made by the food and dairy firm, in the latest food scare to grip the country.
Shares of Meiji plunged nearly 10% to their lowest close since May 2009 following the news. Meiji said it was recalling 400,000 cans of the infant formula, which is sold only in Japan.
Worries over the safety of food supplies have shaken the public. Cases of excessive radiation in vegetables, tea, milk, seafood and water have stoked anxiety despite assurance from public officials that the levels detected are not dangerous.
Meiji said it is unsure exactly how the cesium got into the powdered milk, but it suspects radioactive substances emitted from the Fukushima accident may have been the source. A company spokesman said hot air used in the drying process may have contained cesium. Tests by Meiji showed that up to 30.8 becquerels of cesium was found per kilogramme of the powdered milk. That is below the government-set permissible limit, but the firm will nevertheless conduct a voluntary recall of the product, called 'Meiji Step'. The limit set by Japan's health ministry is 200 becquerels per kilogramme for powdered milk.
Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the Fukushima plant, has made slow but steady progress in bringing the facility under control, curbing the radiation emitted.
Meiji said it is unsure exactly how the cesium got into the powdered milk, but it suspects radioactive substances emitted from the Fukushima accident may have been the source
Originally posted by Neopan100
I am concerned too. We shop at our local international market and I have to check every label. I almost purchased some things coming out of Japan.