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Sunday, 14 August 2011

"The World's Safest Cookies" Baked by Fukushima School Kids

From Mainichi Shinbun Japanese (8/13/2011):
世界一安全なクッキー 福島の小学生が県産食材で

World's safest cookies made by Fukushima elementary school children from Fukushima-grown food items


Elementary school children who have evacuated from Okuma-machi to Aizu Wakamatsu City tried cookie making on August 13. Okuma-machi is where Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant is located. The children used dried peaches and persimmons that are made in Fukushima.


Kunio Tokuoka (age 51), the executive chef at "Kyoto Kitcho", 3-star restaurant in the Michelin Guide, advised the children on the recipe. [Kyoto Kitcho?] plans to commercialize the cookies and will ask other 3-star restaurant chefs in the world for help in selling the cookies.


[Tokuoka says he] wants to portray the true image of Fukushima to the world as a rich agricultural land, and not as Fukushima of the nuclear power plant accident. The sales pitch is "the world's safest cookies" made from food items that have passed the test for radioactive materials.
If passing the test means testing for less than the provisional safety limit, that doesn't seem very safe to me, but it's just me.
By the way, radioactive cesium exceeding the provisional safety limit (500 becquerels/kg) has already been found in the wheat grown in Hirono-machi in Fukushima.
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