Japan lifts cattle ban
NBC News — Japan announced thursday that it would lift the ban on the sale and shipment of cattle which was originally imposed after radiation exceeding safety levels was found in beef. Japan halted shipments of beef and cattle from four prefectures, or states, after it was discovered that livestock had eaten straw contaminated with radioactive cesium that leaked from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary announced the lifting of the ban on the remaining three prefectures in Tokyo. He explained that the government's decision was based on improved safety measures that the prefectures have taken in order to prevent contaminated feed from reaching cattle, as well as increased monitoring to prevent any contamination from reaching consumers.