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Farm in ex-evacuation area near Fukushima nuke plant ships milk again via The Mainichi

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) — A dairy farm near the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan began shipping raw milk again on Tuesday.

It was the first milk shipped for processing and public sale from an area previously designated for evacuation following the March 2011 nuclear disaster at the seaside plant in Fukushima Prefecture, according to the prefectural government.

Milk produced at the farm in the Naraha district had been checked for radioactive cesium every week from last May to December, with no reading ever surpassing the government-set limit of 50 becquerels per kilogram. In fact, the readings were below the testing equipment detection limit.

Around 400 kg of raw milk from 18 cows was shipped Tuesday.

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Similar restrictions are still in place for eight other districts, including the towns of Okuma and Futaba where the nuclear power station is located.

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