Radioactivity and Food

The crisis in Japan started on March 11, 2011, after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake. Soon after the earthquake, a Tsunami hit Japan. Japan has now been suffering from many difficulties. The new issue the Japanese face is shortages and food safety. The Japanese are concerned about their tap water safety and produce that could be tainted by radiation. A few days ago, Japanese officials warned the public about radiation in tap water, and the public was advised to not give tap water to infants. Because of the fear of radiation poisoning, stores in many communities in Japan are running out of bottled water, milk, and food supplies. So what does this mean for the rest of the world who imports food from Japan? Many countries (Australia, Russia, U.S., Canada, etc.) are no longer accepting imported food from Japan because of a radioactive steam leak that occurred. Japanese officials are doing all they can to monitor food safety, but they can only do so much when radioactivity is involved.

Sources: USA Today from Friday, March 25, 2011 and

Emily C

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