Japan radiation 'contaminated rice crop'

Radiation crisis gets worse as claims of further contamination of food chain come to fore.

    Japan's earthquake-triggered tsunami devastated vast swathes of the country's northeast in March, leading to a heavy loss of life and extensive damage to infrastructure.

    One of the biggest fallouts of the disaster was the damage to Fukushima nuclear power plant and the subsequent radiation leak from it.

    Hundreds of thousands of people were forced to evacuate due to the fear of contamination of water, air and food.

    And rice, Japan's staple crop, was also not spared. Rice planting has been banned in areas close to Fukushima and tests will be done on the crop before being sold.

    But questions remain over how much is being revealed to the public, as radiation seeps deeper into the food chain.

    Al Jazeera's Aela Callan reports from Fukushima, Japan.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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