Home-cooked meals in Fukushima found to include no detectable radioactive cesium

7 March 2015

Home-cooked meals in Fukushima Prefecture subjected to radioactive cesium tests were all found to contain less than the minimum detectable dosage, according to the results of a fiscal 2014 survey on radioactive contamination of home-prepared food released by a local cooperative union on March 6. Coop Fukushima, based in Fukushima city, said radioactive cesium content in two days' worth of meals of 100 households was below the limit of 1 becquerel per kilogram.

In the survey, six meals prepared over a two-day period from each household were tested with the cooperation of members of Coop Fukushima, Coop Aizu and Coop Southern Fukushima Prefecture. All of the households surveyed used ingredients available in the prefecture, including tap water.

The survey has been conducted since fiscal 2011, with checks done on meals of a combined total of 600 households. The proportion of meals which measured above the detection limit was 10 percent in fiscal 2011, 4.5 percent in fiscal 2012, 3.0 percent in fiscal 2013 and zero in fiscal 2014. "Testing by the prefectural government and efforts by producers, among other factors, led to the decrease," said an official of Coop Fukushima.

(Translated by Kyodo News)