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Radiation Traces Found In Baby Food In Japan


A baby is tested for possible nuclear radiation at an evacuation center in Koriayama, Fukushima Prefecture, soon after the tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster of March 2011.

A baby is tested for possible nuclear radiation at an evacuation center in Koriayama, Fukushima Prefecture, soon after the tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster of March 2011.

Radiation contamination has been found in a baby formula from a leading brand in Japan, heightening public concerns less than a year after the worst nuclear disaster in that country's history.

The incident is the latest in a series of food scares facing the country almost nine months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Meiji, a major food company in Japan, said it was recalling about 400,000 cans of its "Meiji Step" formula that contained traces of radioactive material.

Company officials said the radioactive caesium is likely to have entered the baby formula during a drying process using fresh air just days after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was damaged by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

compiled from agency reports
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