Japan wants to serve food from Fukushima at 2020 Olympics


The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan.


According to AFP, the Japanese authorities pitched the Games in part as a chance to showcase the recovery of areas affected by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima.

A Tokyo 2020 spokesman, Masa Takaya, has stated that promoting food and beverage products from the areas affected by the 2011 disaster is one of their basic strategies.

Producers from the Fukushima region also want their products served at the 2020 Olympic Village and have since submitted a bid to to the Games’ organisers.

Strict measures taken to screen food products in Fukushima

Since the nuclear disaster, strict measures have been taken to screen all local products in Fukushima.

For instance, a maximum of 100 becquerels of caesium radioactivity per kilogram (Bq/kg) of food are allowed by Japan, compared to 1,250 Bq/kg by the European Union and 1,200 Bq/kg by the US.

Some 9.21 million bags of rice were examined from April 2018 to March 2019, and none of them exceeded the Japanese limit.

A total of 2,445 samples of fruit and vegetables, 4,336 pieces of meat and 6,187 ocean fish were also examined.


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