Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor is contaminating food and water.

Radiation that has leaked from the earth quake damaged nuclear reactor in Fukushima is appearing as a contaminant of food and water in an area greater than expected. Although the levels of radiation remain relatively low in terms of a threat to human health, they do exceed legal limits in a variety of produce. As a result, the Japanese government has stopped farms in four prefectures (Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma) near the Fukushima nuclear power plant from shipping a range of products with elevated radiation levels, including 11 different kinds of vegetables among which are cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and spinach.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid travelling to the affected areas in northeast Japan and to follow food and water restrictions imposed by health authorities.

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