Hundreds of thousands of tins of powdered baby milk are being recalled in Japan after traces of radioactive caesium from the Fukushima nuclear plant were detected. It is the latest in series of food scares to hit the country in the aftermath of the tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster in March.
In the streets of Tokyo people voiced their concerns. One woman said: “It’s hard to know what to believe. We thought some home products were safe, and I was avoiding products from north-east Japan, but I never thought milk would be affected.”
The company is recalling 400,000 tins in total and has published details of the batch numbers online so people can check for themselves.
It said the amount of caesium in the powder is well below government safety limits and that the product is being withdrawn as a precaution. The contaminated milk powder is sold only in Japan.