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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1.How is the administration of the Aomori Prefecture checking if products of agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries are contaminated with radioactive substance.

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The administration introduced 8 measuring equipments in the prefecture, and also private inspection organizations were used for cheking if the main products from hte prefecture such as unpolished rice , wheat , vegetables, fruits, livestock products, forest products, and marine products are contaminated with radioactive subsutance since on July, 2011.
In addition, all heads are inspected about the beef and confirmed safety.
We carry out the inspection about the food (processed food, products of agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, wild mushroom, mineral water, milk, and food for babies) in the prefecture, too.

Q2.How was the result from the investigation in 2011?

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We had checked 65 items of agriculture, forestry, and marine products from the prefecture, 814 cases by the end of March, 2012, and the radioactive substance over provisional regulation level was not detected by all.
In addition, in 23 items of investigations into marine products carried out in cooperation with the Japanese government, 195 cases, a very small amount of radioceactive cesium was detected by some migratory fish, but was largely less than a provisional regulation level.
We had inspected 9,601 cases for the beef , and the radioactive substance was not detected at all, too.
We also had inspected 74 cases for the food already in the market whereever coming from , and a very small amount of radioactive cesium was detected from some wild mushrooms, but was largely less than the provisional regulation level.

Q3.The new standard regulation was set from on April 1, 2012, but how was it changed?

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The regulation level was reduced to a one-fifth of the provisional regulation level shown till then by the government. It was set to 100 becquerels per 1 kilogramand for general food such as agriculture, forestry, and marine products except milk in order to secure food safety and improve people's trust.
→ To the new standard regulation

Q4.How was the result from the investigation in 2012?

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As a result of having investigated 104 items, 912 cases in 2012, the radioactive cesium was detected from 5 items, 57 cases. Of these, 116 becquerels/kg which was over the regulation level (general food 100 becquerels/kg) was detected from one cod, but the others were much under the regulation level.
Also, in 49 items, 943 cases, of marine product investigations carried out in cooperation with the Japanese government, the radioactive cesium was detected by 16 items, 290 cases, but the all of them were under the regulation level. In the detected cases, cod accounted for 228 cases and occupied approximately 80% of those.
The number of the investigations done by both the Aomori prefectural and Japanese government was 128 items, 1,855 cases. Among these, the radioactive cesium was detected by 20 items, 347 cses. (overlapped items were removed from the result)
In addition, as a result of having inspected 22,262 cases about the beef, the radioactive cesium was detected by one case, but was greatly under the regulation level.
As a result of having inspected 198 cases about the food already in the market, the radioactive cesium over the regulation level was detected from three wild mushrooms (chichitake 120 becquerels/kg, Ramaria botrytis: 116 becquerels/kg, a cherry tree champignon: 107 becquerels/kg). In addition, the radioactive cesium was detected from one processed food from outside the prefecture, 8 cases of wild mushrooms from the prefecture, and 2 marine products, but was under the regulation level.

Q5.How was the result from the investigation in 2013? .

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In 2013, we are planning to investigate 115 items, 1,806 cases.
We are going to check sequentially with the main products from agriculture, forestry, amd marine in the prefecture, the place of production, and the volume of shipment depending on the crop and the fishery period.
In addition, we have decided to carry out the inspections for all heads about the beef and for 150 cases about the food in the market.

Q6.Is there any agricultural, forestry, and marine product over the regulation level until now in the prefecture?

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[Wild mushrooms]
In October, 2012, since radioactive cesium exceeding a standard value was detected from Orange-brown lactarius (Towada-city), houkitake (Hashikami-town), the cherry tree Shimeji mushroom (Aomori-city), a shipment restriction request is directed from the Japanese government to the wild mushrooms from the three cities and towns on October 26, 2012 and it is under continuation still now.
Moreover, radioactive cesium exceeding a standard value from the cherry tree Shimeji mushroom of the Ajigasawa-Town on September 20, 2013, the shipment restriction request was directed from the government on October 1, 2013.
In response, the government of Aomori prefecture inspects preponderantly about the wild mushroom of these four cities and towns, and is trying to release the shipment restriction.

[Pacific cod]
Since radioactive cesium exceeding a standard value was detected from the Pacific cod fished in the Aomori Pacific Ocean area on June 19 (inspection of this prefecture), 2012, and August 9 (inspection of Iwate Prefecture), the shipment restriction request was directed from the government on August 27, 2012.
Then, since it inspected to release the shipment restriction and the requirement was satisfied, the shipment restriction was canceled on October 31, 2012.