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Food inspection system in Fukushima Prefecture

2018年11月6日更新 Update

Fukushima Prefecture conducts repeated inspections on all food products produced in the prefecture in each stage of production,distribution and consumption,in order to ensure their safety. We are only shipping primary products which are certified to be safe through multiple inspections in each stage with cooperation among municipal and prefectural government,production areas,producers,distributors and retailers.

Image: Flow of inspection Testing of all volume and all bags of beefTesting of all volume and all bags of rice

Monitoring with germanium semiconductor detectors

Fukushima Prefecture uses germanium semiconductor detectors to undertake the monitoring of agricultural products produced in the prefecture prior to shipment. (Simplified analyzing devices are used for some of the products that are produced in and shipped from limited areas.)

Testing of all volume and all bags of rice

Fukushima Prefecture measures the radioactive cesium level of all the rice produced in the prefecture in 2012 or later. The rice is tested on a bag-by-bag basis with test equipment prepared by the prefectural government and under a system it established. Each bag, containing 30 kilograms of rice, is tested for safety before shipment so as to prevent the distribution of rice whose radioactive cesium level exceeds the safety standard limit. This is a new initiative taken only by Fukushima Prefecture to ensure the safety and security of the rice and regain consumer confidence.

Testing of all volume and all bags of rice Fukushima Association for Securing Safety

In the case of beef: all beef cattle are tested throughout the entire prefecture.

In the case of beef Latest test results

In case of sea products: tests of samples from the trial fishing operation

In Fukushima Prefecture, inshore fishing and trawl-net fishing are currently required to cease operating. However, the safety of stocks of some types of fish has been confirmed, based on more than 50,000 pieces of monitoring data. Since March, 2017, the scope of trial fishing has been extended to all species of fish and shellfish except fish species under shipment ban (7 species).

In case of sea products Latest test results

All fish produced from the  trial fishing that is planned to be sold undergoes inspection for radiation.  

The Fishery Cooperative Association set voluntary standards [50Bq/kg], stricter than that of the national government for the national standard of “General foods [100Bq/kg] ” for catches to be sold through trial fishing, and conduct screening for radioactive substances

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Fukushima Prefecture provides safe agricultural,foresty and fishery products(March 2016)