Livestock farmers in Miyagi Prefecture expressed relief as the government lifted a ban on beef shipments from their area, but those in Fukushima Prefecture were disappointed as the ban in their region remained.
The government on Friday lifted its ban on shipments of beef cattle raised in Miyagi Prefecture, imposed in response to the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Livestock farmers in the prefecture, who had been extremely worried over the situation, were thankful they would finally be able to earn money again.
However, the government decided to maintain its ban on cattle raised in Fukushima Prefecture for the time being, because meat taken from four cows in the prefecture was found to be tainted with radioactive cesium exceeding the government safety limit.
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