In the wake of Japan's nuclear disaster, all milk, milk products, fresh vegetables and fruit from one of four prefectures closest to the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will be prevented from entering the United States, a spokesperson for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.
All other food products produced or manufactured in one of those prefectures - Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma - will be diverted for testing, the spokesperson said. Food products from other parts of Japan will be tested as resources allow, but the FDA's main focus is food from these four areas, the spokesperson said.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant suffered damage from the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11. Efforts to bring the plant's cooling systems back online to stabilize the situation continue.
Some of these food products have already been officially taken off the domestic and export markets: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan had previously ordered the governors of these four prefectures to halt the distribution of spinach and the local vegetable kakina, and told the governor of Fukushima to cease all raw milk distribution, the FDA said.
Eatocracy's Managing Editor Kat Kinsman attempts to vegetable garden on a roof deck in Brooklyn, NY in USDA Hardiness Zone 6b. Feel free to taunt, advise or encourage her efforts as this series progresses.
I'm growing glasswort in my basement. Okay, technically, I am trying to germinate glasswort in my basement.
It's a dumb thing to do, but that doesn't seem to be stopping me. The stuff (also known as "sea beans" and "saltwort") pops up unbidden along saline-rich seacoasts and salt marshes and last I checked, my basement was host to neither. Or at least not since the Great Basement Flood of '10, and that was mostly sewer overflow. Yet, that's where I'm attempting to germinate a handful of seeds under grow lights in anticipation of warmer temperatures.
It would be a weird little victory, but I want it. In the face of chaos, both global and close to home, I garden. Hands in the dirt, grime under under the nails, food in the mouth. It's the natural order of things, it happens with or without my assistance, and occasionally asserting my place in the chain has brought me comfort.
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Japanese officials' concerns over food contamination expanded beyond the country's borders Tuesday as tests detected radiation in ocean water offshore.
"There should be no immediate health impact. If this situation continues for a long period of time, some impact can occur," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters.
The impact such radiation could have on marine life was unclear. Japanese authorities were scheduled to measure radioactivity in waters around the plant on Tuesday and Wednesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.
Earlier seawater radiation monitoring detected levels of iodine-131 that were 126.7 times higher than government-set standards, the electric company said on its website. Its monitors detected cesium-134, which has a half-life of about two years, about 24.8 times higher than the government standards. Cesium-137 was found to be 16.5 times higher than the standard.
Whether he's dipping into sensational flavors or blending an array of ingredients, South African chef Reuben Riffel is creating mouthwatering tastes that appeal to the pickiest of palates.
The award-winning chef is one of Africa's few culinary stars, praised for his passion for food and his tantalizing textures.
A champion of fresh local produce, Riffel has become a household name in South Africa. He runs three restaurants and has endorsed a number of products, including a glassware line and a range of herbs and spices.
His latest venture has seen him setting up a restaurant at the luxury One & Only Hotel in Cape Town, where British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay failed after his restaurant at the same site shut after only 15 months.
Come for South Africa's food; stay for the wine
Vendors and importers of Japanese fish at the International Boston Seafood Show weather customers' questions and concerns in the wake of radiation leaks from nuclear power plants in their country.
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.
Dive right in: March 22 is World Water Day.
World Water Day was first established on March 22, 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly to highlight the importance of freshwater.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the total usable freshwater for ecosystems and humans is roughly less than 1 percent of the planet's freshwater supply
If nothing else, today is the day to take a few minutes to reflect on fresh water's vital importance - and how we might, as individuals, do our part to ensure those resources are still there for future generations.
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