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New standard limits for radioactive cesium in food

The provisional regulation values until March 2012 were based on a maximum permissible dose of 5mSv/year from radioactive cesium in food. Food was categorized into five groups: vegetables and fruits, grains, meat/eggs/fish, milk and dairy products, and drinking water.

In the new standard limits effective since April 1, 2012, the maximum permissible exposure to radioactivity in food is 1 mSv/year, in order to achieve further food safety and to boost consumer confidence. The new maximum permissible dose of radioactive cesium is 100 Bq/kg for food, 50 Bq/kg for milk and infant food, and 10 Bq/kg for drinking water.