Food Updates as of April 4, 2011

The following foods were banned from being shipped on March 21, 2011.

  • Spinach and kakina from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma Prefectures
  • Raw milk from Fukushima Prefecture

The following foods were banned from being shipped on March 23, 2011.

  • Leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach, komatsuna, cabbage), cruciferous food plants (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower), turnip from Fukushima Prefecture
  • Raw milk and parsley from Ibaraki Prefecture

The following foods were banned from being eaten on March 23, 2011.

  • Leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach, komatsuna, cabbage) and cruciferous food plants (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower) from Fukushima Prefecture

The following foods were banned from being shipped on April 4, 2011.

  • Spinach from Katori or Tako in Chiba Prefecture
  • Spinach, chingensai, shungiku, sanchu, celery, parsley from Asahi in Chiba Prefecture

The document that this information was taken from was updated today (April 4), so we can assume that these restrictions are still in effect. The duration has not be specified. The bans will be lifted when the levels of iodine and cesium go down below predefined levels.

Source: http://www.fsc.go.jp/sonota/emerg/emerg_genshiro_20110316.pdf


Verdict: Don’t eat spinach or parsley from Ibaraki yet, nor drink raw milk from there; however, don’t put all the Ibaraki farmers out of work by avoiding all produce from Ibaraki! If we don’t act rationally, we may put all of our farmers out of business for no reason — and we will sure wish we didn’t do that if it becomes hard to buy local produce in the future.

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